‘Iron Man 2’ Rumours: Emily Blunt is In, Samuel L. Jackson is Out

Iron Man 2 casting rumours continue to fly as word hit the internets on Wednesday that actress Emily Blunt may play the Black Widow in the upcoming sequel to last year’s Robery Downey Jr.-starring box office smash.

Emily Blunt is rumored to play Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, in Iron Man 2. In the comics, and correct me if I’m wrong, Black Widow is more or less a former Soviet spy who wears a tight-ass black suit and uses high-tech weaponry both against and on behalf of S.H.E.I.L.D. (after a whole bunch of inter-Avenger drama).

Meanwhile, Samuel L. Jackson, who made a brief cameo at the end of Iron Man, may not portray Nick Fury as had been widely speculated.

Jackson told me today that despite his cameo as the hard-bitten military man at the end of “Iron Man,” it now appears that “somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won’t be in it” when it comes to “Iron Man 2,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “The Avengers,” the announced slate of Marvel Studios projects through 2011 that might have a natural spot for the character.

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