Scarlett Johansson was set to return as Black Widow in Iron Man 3, but had to drop out. Then word circulated that Jessica Chastain would play a “sexy scientist”, but now it looks like she’s backing out.
Sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn’t going to work out. My schedule is jammed packed and I can’t fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I’m so sorry to disappoint you. Hopefully there’ll be another Marvel film in my future. Shane Black and everyone on the IM3 team are really wonderful. I’m very excited to see the film when it comes out.
We can make a good guess that Marvel/Disney isn’t interested in replacing Johansson as Black Widow, and “sexy scientists” are a dime a dozen, but one has to wonder if it is just scheduling that is keeping everyone away from Iron Man 3.