Emily Blunt Rumored as Black Widow in Iron Man 2!
by Alex Billington
January 14, 2009
It looks like Jon Favreau has finally decided on the new additions to Iron Man 2. Last week we heard that both Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke would join as villains. Today, Variety reports that Emily Blunt is rumored to playing the character of Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff. We previously reported a rumor that both Black Widow and Hawkeye would have larger roles in the film and it looks like this is first confirmation that at least one of those characters will appear in the sequel. Like the Rockwell and Rourke news, this isn't confirmed by Marvel, and they probably won't be announcing it officially for a while.
Black Widow is a Soviet super spy that dons a skintight black costume that is enhanced by high-tech weaponry. She is an integral character in the Avengers universe (more than just Iron Man) because she betrays them in the comics even though she works for them and gains their trust. I'm guessing this is integral in the further development of The Avengers movie and the Tony Stark storyline that leads into that. Her character actually reminds me a lot of The Baroness from the upcoming G.I. Joe - right down to the black latex outfit. But I will admit that I think Blunt is a much better actress than Sienna Miller.