After eight Marvel films over the last 10 years featuring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, it’s hard to imagine anybody else portraying the super hero.

But in an interview with Parade magazine published Friday, the Oscar-nominated actress opened up about not being the first choice to play her iconic character — and how it made her appreciate the role even more.

Though Johansson said she had a “wonderful” meeting with “Iron Man 2” director Jon Favreau, she was ultimately passed over for Black Widow, real name Natasha Romanoff, in favor of Emily Blunt. But when Blunt couldn’t accept the part because of scheduling concerns, it was Johansson’s.

“I was really excited to work with him,” Johansson said of her meeting with Favreau. “So I said, ‘If this doesn’t work out, I’m an actor for hire, so call me anytime.’ ”

According to Johansson, she has no ill feelings about being second pick.

“The best call you can receive is after you are rejected for something and then you get it,” she said. “You appreciate it more. I’ve basically made a career out of being second choice.”

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