Warning: the story below includes spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
The actor told The Hollywood Reporter that the film packs “a big punch” and that it’s been “liberating in a way” to act as executive producer for the first time for a Marvel film.
“I feel like I’m in control of the destiny of this film, which gives me a lot more peace of mind,” she added.
“I know [her character Natasha Romanoff] better than anybody. What was her childhood like? What is her relationship to figures of authority? This character is gritty and multi-dimensional but has a lot of trauma and has led an unexamined life. In order to operate at this elite level, she has probably had to push away a lot of stuff.”
Johansson said she’s “on an equal playing field” with her male co-stars for this movie, while also calling money a “taboo topic of conversation”.
Marvel’s phase four will follow up in the Infinity Saga, which began in 2008 with Iron Man and concluded earlier this year with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Endgame notably included a scene in which Romanoff, Johansson’s character, chooses to sacrifice herself and take a fatal jump in order to help the rest of the Avengers defeat Thanos.
“The finality of it was sad, but I was excited to die with honour,” Johansson said of the moment. “It felt in-character that she would sacrifice herself, of course for humanity but actually for her friends, for the people she loves. It was bittersweet.”
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Other films in Marvel’s Phase Four will include The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.