Although best known in the pop media as the Black Widow and Captain America, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans both have impressive acting careers outside the MCU. While Evans started his career with television roles and a handful of movies before Captain America, Johansson first appeared on stage as a child actor in Off-Broadway. Evans built a career playing the typical all-American guy next door, and Johansson worked her way from child actor to ingénue and indie darling.
Prior to their work in the MCU, Evans and Johansson first starred opposite each other in The Perfect Score. Now that their Marvel contracts have ended, both actors are taking on exciting new projects: Evans’ upcoming movies include The Gray Man (with Ryan Gosling), Lightyear, and Apple’s original film Ghosted; meanwhile, Johansson’s Sing 2 released over Christmas last year, and, according to SlashFilm, she’s set to appear in A24’s Bride and potentially Disney’s Tower of Terror. In fact, Ghosted was originally set to star both Evans and Johansson before the actress dropped out. However, the two will reunite once again for Jason Bateman’s space race drama Project Artemis. Evans and Johansson have starred in eight moves together (so far) — here’s a look at where each ranks against the others.
8 The Perfect Score
The first movie on our list did not do that well in the box office, as it grossed only $10 million and received negative reviews from the critics, who were unsatisfied with its lack of originality. The plot tells the story of six high school students who are scared of failing their SATs, so they decide to break into a regional office to steal all the answers to exams. The Perfect Score tries sending a message that your goals and dreams are more than just a test score. Evans plays the main character Kyle, while Johansson plays Francesca, the daughter of the owner of the office.
7 Avengers: Age of Ultron
No Avengers movie would be complete without the patriotic character of Captain America and sharp trained fighting abilities of the Black Widow. Released in 2015, Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide and received positive reviews from critics. The Avengers have to fight an artificial intelligence Ultron, who wants humans to go extinct. The more Evans and Johansson appear together on the screen in the MCU movies, the more we can notice that they somehow give off the same overprotective ‘follow-the-rules’ energy and maybe that’s one of the reasons why they understand each other so well.
6 Captain America: Civil War
The third Captain America movie or just another Avengers movie? Despite the obvious title, the movie basically stars almost every existing Avenger and even new characters like Ant-Man, Spider-man, Wanda, and Vision. In Captain America: Civil War, the team comes into a disagreement over the international oversight over Avengers and their missions. While Tony believes that the government should overlook their actions, Steve’s side believes that superheroes should be free of influence. Despite Nat’s friendship with Captain Rogers, she makes a surprising decision to join Tony’s side.
5 The Avengers
The year 2012 was the first time we got to see all the superheroes together on one screen fighting Loki and Thanos’ army. It was also the first time Natasha and Steve made acquaintances. As the last movie of Phase One, The Avengers did exceptionally well both with the critics and in the box office, grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide. Although we could see some struggles of their collective teamwork at first, it seemed like Natasha and Steve instantly hit it off as a team.
4 The Nanny Diaries
The 2007 comedy-drama The Nanny Diaries tells the story of a college graduate (Johansson) who agrees to work as a nanny for a wealthy family and has to juggle their dysfunction, her new romance in the form of Evans as a ‘Harvard Hottie’, and the child she has in her care. If you watch this movie as a fan of the MCU, there is a parallel of Johansson being dressed ridiculously in American propaganda garb, almost retrospetively mocking Evans for his Captain America costume. Of course, this movie was released way before The Avengers, but it’s a nice thought.
3 Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War became the first superhero movie to gross over $2 billion worldwide. Praised mostly for its visual effects and emotional weight, the plot focuses on the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy as they try to stop Thanos from collecting all six Infinity Stones and wipe out half the population. Both Captain America and Natasha were on the run from the government pre-Infinity War, and while we were able to see what Nat was up to in the Black Widow movie, we would also love to see how Steve spent his time. Naturally, all the Avengers come together in the end, with Nat and Steve fighting side by side.
2 Avengers: Endgame
As expected, Avengers: Endgame was an immense box office success with more than $2.798 billion grossed worldwide, surpassing Infinity War‘s entire theatrical run in just 11 days. The movie received numerous award nominations and was praised by the critics for its direction, visual effects, and yet again, emotional weight. Considering Natasha and Steve were one of the few Avengers that didn’t get wiped out with the snap, we could see just how deep their friendship was. We all know how this movie ends for Natasha’s character, and many were upset that they didn’t make Natasha and Steve as endgame.
1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier released in 2014 and instantly became a commercial success, praised by critics for the action sequences and the actors’ performances. Steve Rogers joins forces with Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson (Falcon) to uncover an S.H.I.E.L.D. conspiracy, while fighting a new villain known as The Winter Soldier. This was the movie that showed us Natasha and Steve’s close friendship blooming the most. From finding shelter in Sam’s house to joining powers to fight and save Bucky, the movie proves that their relationship is completely underrated.