2016 became another Marvel-ous year of superheroes, but none more marvelous and beautiful as Scarlett Johansson, whom Forbes has named the year’s highest-grossing actor thanks to “Captain America: Civil War”, the year’s highest-grossing movie with $1.15 billion dollars worldwide. With the addition of her role in the ensemble “Hail, Caesar!”, that brings an estimated worldwide total of $1.2 billion.
“Captain America: Civil War”, which celebrates the 75th anniversary of Marvel’s first super-soldier Avenger Steve Rogers, finds Scarlett’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow caught in the web of the once-united Avengers being divided over superhero registration. Though she joined Team Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), the master ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent remains friends with skilled archer and fellow ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who comes out of retirement to help Team Cap (Chris Evans) against the armored billionaire-playboy-genius-philanthropist Avenger.
And speaking of Cap and Iron Man, both Evans and RDJ have been tied and assembled for second place on Forbes’ list with $1.15 billion dollars worldwide, while Scarlett’s ex-husband Ryan Reynolds – the go-to-guy for superhero movies (remember him as vampire slayer Hannibal King opposite Wesley Snipes’ half-human, half-vampire Daywalker in “Blade: Trinity”? Or, as 2011’s “Green Lantern”?) – came in eighth thanks to the record-breaking, gut-busting and wisecracking success of “Deadpool” ($783 million dollars worldwide).
Scarlett, who stars in the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell”, is rumored to suit up once more as Black Widow in the upcoming 2018 endgame of “Avengers: Infinity War”.