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We may not be getting a standalone Black Widow movie — which, if you ask me, is simply preposterous — but the deadly Natasha Romanoff will have a major part to play in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hot off the press at Marvel, the latest look at the next superhero team-up shows a few new looks at the assassin-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D.-agent in action. While they’re brief, they show her working in sync with Captain America to pull off some pretty awesome maneuvers. Here's the full trailer:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier saw Black Widow and Cap going on the run from the Hydra-infected S.H.I.E.L.D. and working together to bring down the organization to which they once swore allegiance. With Age of Ultron, it looks like the two will put their time in the field together to good use. Black Widow may not have superpowers, but she held her own with a pair of pistols and some bracelet shockers in the first Avengers, and here she performs some death-defying motorcycle stunts that will have any Fast & Furious fan drooling.
In what’s probably the most badass development of her character, she’s also seen wielding Cap’s trusty shield against one of Ultron's minion. We still don't know if she's worthy enough to pick up Thor's hammer — she doesn't have time for pissing contests like that, as shown in the Avengers 2 trailer — but she does have what it takes to play with Cap's toys.
Aside from the new acrobatics and gadgetry, which also includes a set of electrified batons, Black Widow’s past will be exposed in Age of Ultron. The trailers show how Scarlet Witch uses her mind manipulating abilities to get inside Natasha’s head and force her to relive her early days as a ballerina and assassin in training. Frankly, it’s about time. Iron Man, Cap, Hulk (even if it wasn't Mark Ruffalo), and Thor have all had their standalone movies, while Black Widow has been sidelined. A script was in development at one point, but it never took off. Still, Natasha has proven to be one of the most popular members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes — plus, she's the only female team member...for now.