While it’s impossible now to imagine anyone other than Scarlett Johansson playing Natasha Romanoff in the MCU, it has long been known that Blunt was Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau’s first choice for the part.
Over the years, the British actor has kept fairly quiet on why she didn’t accept the offer but it has since emerged that her lack of involvement was due to a scheduling conflict.
“I actually do want to clean up the story,” she told Howard Stern while appearing on his radio show to promote her eagerly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place Part II. “I was contracted to do Gulliver’s Travels. I didn’t want to do Gulliver’s Travels.”
However, while she was keen on playing Black Widow at the time, Blunt wouldn’t be eager to don a spandex suit and kick the bad guys’ butts on screen now, as she’s not really a big fan of the genre.
“It’s not that it’s beneath me,” she said. “I love Iron Man and when I got offered Black Widow, I was obsessed with Iron Man. I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. It would’ve 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 been exhausted,” Blunt added. “We are inundated – it’s not only all the movies, it’s the endless TV shows as well. It’s not to say that I’d 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.”
Later in the same interview, Blunt was asked whether there was any truth to the rumours about her portraying Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman) in Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.
“That is fan casting. No-one has received a phone call,” she explained. “That’s just people saying, ‘Wouldn’t that be great?'”