When someone thinks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the heroes that usually come to mind immediately are Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk. However, there is much love for the non-superpowered members of the Avengers as well. And while they won’t be starring in their own Phase Two films, director Joss Whedon recently revealed that Agent Romanoff will be stepping into the forefront soon enough.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Whedon emerged on stage in Hall H during Marvel Studios’ panel to reveal ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ as the title of his sequel to last year’s epic superhero team up film. Immediately after that announcement was made, so many questions emerged, but the filmmaker was quick with answers. We learned right away that Hawkeye would be getting a bigger role in the film. Then, it was revealed that Agent Coulson would be preoccupied in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and is not in the current draft. Now, word has gotten out that the Black Widow would have an expanded role also.

During his panel at ‘Thor: The Dark World’ star Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ (which is the same one where he talked about what he’s sick of talking about at cons), Whedon shared that Scarlett Johansson’s character would be heavily featured in the follow up to ‘The Avengers’. Here are his comments:

“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises. Although she in [‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”

While it’s really cool that Clint and Natasha are getting more exposure this time around, I’m curious to know what their roles will entail. I highly doubt that either one of them will be instrumental in the creation of Ultron, but it might be a safe bet that they’ll definitely play a part in his defeat at least. What do you think Hawkguy and the Spider-Lady will be up to in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’?  Share your theories in the comments.

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Source: Collider