Emily Blunt has revealed that she was originally offered the role of Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a character made famous by Scarlett Johansson.
The 40-year-old British actress said she missed out on playing the super-spy in the Happy Sad Confused podcast declaring ‘the best girl got (the part)’ at the end.
Emily was unable to accept the offer due to contractual obligations to star in 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels, which turned out to be a box office bomb.
She said on the podcast “Come on, best girl got it”, before adding that Scarlett was “amazing”.
Emily also addressed rumors about various other roles in the MCU that she had allegedly been offered.
Superhero: Emily Blunt, 40, has revealed that she was originally offered the role of Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a character made famous by Scarlett Johansson, 38.
Missed: The British actress opened up about missing out on the chance to play the super-spy on the Happy Sad Confused podcast declaring “the best girl got (the part)” at the end (Scarlett pictured in the role)
The Devil Wears Prada star had reportedly been lined up to play Captain Marvel (who eventually became Brie Larson), Peggy Carter (by fellow Brit Hayley Atwell) and Sue Storm (played by Jessica Alba in 2005 and Kate Mary in 2015).
But Emily said all the speculation was just: ‘rumors. Talk. inquiries. That kind of things’
Scarlett played the role of Black Widow, real name Natasha Romanoff, in 2010’s Iron Man 2, 2012’s The Avengers, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2015’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War from 2018, and Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame from 2019.
He also starred in the 2021 character indie film and settled out of court with Disney for his appearance in the film for $40 million.
The actress is believed to have earned a whopping $80 million for her role in the Marvel franchise.
In 2019, he told Howard Stern on SiriusXM about the incident: “I was hired to do Gulliver’s Travels, I didn’t want to do Gulliver’s Travels.”
“It was a little painful for me because I take pride in the decisions I make, and they mean a lot to me, the movies I make, so it was hard,” the A Quiet Place star said.
‘They (Fox) have a bit of control over you. There were other movies I would like to do,’ he said.
Failure: Emily was unable to accept the offer due to contractual obligations to star in 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels, which turned out to be a box office bomb (Emily appears in the film)
Wow: Scarlett has appeared as the character in nine movies and is believed to have earned a whopping $80 million
Big Names: Emily also addressed rumors about several other MCU roles that she had allegedly been offered (L, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and R, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel)
“At some point I realized that I had to get rid of this optional image deal because it would just affect me and I didn’t want that.
“In the end, as difficult as it was, I don’t think anyone expected the hand to be forced. I think you like to hope that it isn’t,” he continued.
“I care very, very, very much about the decisions I make,” Blunt explained. ‘That’s all I have, the choices I make.’
Despite her disappointment with the situation, Emily said she maintained her professionalism on the set of Gulliver’s Travels. “I didn’t talk about it to anyone on set or anything because there were so many really lovely people on set who were just heaven to work with.”
“Actually, I had a good time, I laughed with all of them, but it just broke my heart that it happened in the first place,” the actress said.
However, Emily told Howard that she had finally come to the conclusion that the superhero genre might not be the right one for her.
“I love Iron Man and when Black Widow was offered to me, I was obsessed with Iron Man,” Blunt said.
‘I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. It would have been amazing. But I don’t know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley. I don’t like them. I really don’t.
“It’s sold out,” he continued. We are inundated. It’s not just all the movies, it’s also the endless TV shows. It’s not to say that I would never want to play one, it would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I’d be interested.’