Like most of the Avengers, Black Widow will be one of the participants next year in Captain America: Civil War, and so far we have a decent sense of where she’ll be when the story kicks off. Concept art from a couple months back showed her as a member of Team Iron Man, and in the recent trailer she was heard telling Steve Rogers to back off on protecting his friend Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. Winter Soldier. However, Scarlett Johansson revealed that the former Russian spy doesn't truly favor one side over another during the conflict.
Although she’ll be working with Iron Man to a degree, Johansson informed EW that this is more so that she’s in a position where she can let the two sides duke it out and get a sense of what’s really happening. The actress said:
Although the Sokovia Accords are targeting all of the Avengers, Black Widow is among the few that don't have superpowers and isn't armed with crazy tech, so that gives her a unique perspective on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes being policed by the world’s governments. By publicly siding with Tony Stark, that makes it so she won’t be arrested or be forced to go on the run, but she’ll also have enough distance to look at what’s unfolding and see what can be done.
While Black Widow won’t escape physical confrontations altogether in Captain America: Civil War (the D23 footage showed her tangling with Hawkeye), Johansson also mentioned that because she’s not truly allied with one side, that will let her fill a “mediator” role within the story. She added:
Being a spy for most of her life, Natasha’s main skill set has been obtaining information and taking out any obstacles in her way, so for her mediating is a new line of work. It also helps that she’s close with both of the factions’ “leaders.” She and Tony built a relationship during Iron Man 2 and as Avengers teammates, but she has a rapport with Steve from when they worker together at S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, if she finds herself in a position to get these two to try and make up, she’ll have her work cut out for them, as eventually those two will be throwing down.
We’ll see if Black Widow has something up her sleeve when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.
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