Scarlett Johansson and co-star Florence Pugh both had pneumonia while filming Black Widow

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Scarlett Johansson and co-star Florence Pugh both had pneumonia while filming Black Widow

The highly anticipated superhero movie Black Widow hits theaters on July 9 and will be streaming on Disney +.

And in a profile of star Scarlett Johansson in The Gentlewoman this month, the director of the film Cate Shortland revealed the toll that four months of shooting in various locations around the world had for the actress.

Shortland told the outlet that at the end of production, both Johansson and her co-star Florence Pugh were both sick with pneumonia, but continued filming.

Ill: Scarlett Johansson and co-star Florence Pugh both battled pneumonia while filming Black Widow on a grueling four-month shoot, director Cate Shortland has revealed

Ill: Scarlett Johansson and co-star Florence Pugh both battled pneumonia while filming Black Widow on a grueling four-month shoot, director Cate Shortland has revealed

Meanwhile, Johansson, 36, also admitted in the interview that she was hesitant to take on the Marvel character when approached about starring in 2012’s Avengers.

Even the thought of us all together in our superhero costumes sounded like it was going to be a disaster. Not a disaster, but like, ‘What is this? What is this? She told The Gentlewoman

Nearly a decade later, she has amassed great wealth from the phenomenal success of the MCU and Avengers franchise and finally got her own MCU vehicle.

“Yeah, it was naked,” Johansson said of wearing the film. “But it was time, you know?”

Coming soon: Johansson is reprising the Marvel character for the seventh time in Black Widow, which hits theaters on July 9 and is streaming on Disney + after pandemic delays

Coming soon: Johansson is reprising the Marvel character for the seventh time in Black Widow, which hits theaters on July 9 and is streaming on Disney + after pandemic delays

Coming soon: Johansson is reprising the Marvel character for the seventh time in Black Widow, which hits theaters on July 9 and is streaming on Disney + after pandemic delays

The actress, 36, admitted to having doubts about taking on the role, pictured left during her 2012 debut

The actress, 36, admitted to having doubts about taking on the role, pictured left during her 2012 debut

She now says it's time for the superhero to get her own stand-alone movie

She now says it's time for the superhero to get her own stand-alone movie

Big deal: The actress, 36, admitted to having doubts about taking on the role, pictured left in her 2012 debut, but says it’s time for the superhero to get her own stand-alone movie

Superhero Waiting: British actress Pugh, 25, plays new Black Widow Yelena Belova and is widely tipped among fans to continue in the role of MCU Phase 4

Superhero Waiting: British actress Pugh, 25, plays new Black Widow Yelena Belova and is widely tipped among fans to continue in the role of MCU Phase 4

Superhero Waiting: British actress Pugh, 25, plays new Black Widow Yelena Belova and is widely tipped among fans to continue in the role of MCU Phase 4

Both she and Shortland say they hope they’ve managed to do something different with Black Widow.

“She really went above and beyond to make something that wasn’t thin or shallow,” Shortland said of Johansson.

She wanted to make something that meant a lot to young people and women. And she knew it might be her last movie as Black Widow – she didn’t want to leave Marvel to make a feel-good movie. ‘

Black Widow director Cate Shortland says Johansson was 'really pushing to make something that wasn't thin or shallow ... she didn't want to leave Marvel to make a feel-good movie'

Black Widow director Cate Shortland says Johansson was 'really pushing to make something that wasn't thin or shallow ... she didn't want to leave Marvel to make a feel-good movie'

Black Widow director Cate Shortland says Johansson was ‘really pushing to make something that wasn’t thin or shallow … she didn’t want to leave Marvel to make a feel-good movie’

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