The timeline for Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been revealed.
Scarlett Johansson, who reprises her role of Black Widow, revealed in an interview with Refinery 29 that the film is a two-year flash-forward from where The Avengers left off.
"This film is in realm time," she said. "It's been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It's a working relationship."
According to Slash Film, events in the film are set to follow ones that occurred in Iron Man 3 (which was set six months after The Avengers and The Battle of New York), Thor: The Dark World (rumored to take place one year later), and the new TV Show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (sometime in between the films).
Johansson also teased details about the relationship rumored to develop between Black Widow and Captain America. Spoiler photos surfaced in August which appeared to show the characters locked in a heated embrace.
"By a series of unfortunate encounters, they will be in a situation in which their friendship becomes more intimate," Johansson revealed. "They share many similarities because they live of the defensive without relying on anyone. Also, the two have been working for the government throughout their professional careers. With their friendship they begin to question what they want and what is their true identity."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in theaters April 4, 2014.