You know the cliché: Not all heroes wear capes, etc. On RuPaul’s Drag Race, they wear wigs and merkins (hi, Jackie Cox!), and that’s enough for Black Widow and Avengers star Scarlett Johansson to grace the show’s storied Werk Room with her superheroic acting advice ahead of this week’s maxi challenge.
EW’s exclusive preview of the Emmy-winning reality competition series (below) sees the Oscar-nominated Marriage Story performer dropping in for a virtual teach with final five queens Gottmik, Symone, Rosé, Olivia Lux, and Kandy Muse — all of whom have to pick their jaws up off the floor when Johansson appears on the Werk Room monitor before them.
“I’m such a fan of the show. I’m so sad I’ve not been in the Werk Room, but it’s been a dream of mine to participate for a long, long time, so this is really exciting for me,” Johansson says. “So, I hear that you guys may need a bit of acting advice? What’s going on?”
Lux explains that the queens have been tasked with acting in front of a green screen in a challenge that will pit them against “giant cats” after the queens are “shrunk really small” to fit the aesthetic.
“Acting is all about making a situation that’s unreal feel very real,” Johansson advises. “So, I’d say the most important thing is that you have a lot of conviction, whether you’re fighting Thanos or a giant, spiky heel, you know what I mean? That comes from believing in yourself. If you don’t believe in your own self, then no one in the audience is going to believe you.”
Though she’s the first Marvel superhero to grace the Drag Race studio this year, Johansson isn’t the only Academy-verified artist the series courted for its season 13 queens. Oscar winner (and longtime Drag Race fan) Anne Hathaway dropped by for a similar acting lesson earlier this year, while the two-time Academy Award-nominated Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) is set to make an appearance on this week’s judging panel.
See if Johansson’s acting advice pays off for the final five queens when RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 returns with a new episode tonight at 8 p.m. on VH1. And be sure to keep up with EW’s comprehensive Drag Race coverage all week long.
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The MCU’s New Captain America Says He Wouldn’t Stand A Chance Against Thanos
Fans aren’t sold on the idea of Wyatt Russell’s John Walker inheriting the mantle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Captain America, but luckily for the studio, that’s exactly what they were aiming for. After Sam Wilson gave up the shield, the government swiftly stabbed him in the back by naming their own preferred candidate to suit up as the nation’s resident star-spangled superhero.
Russell is ready for the backlash that comes with taking over an iconic role when there’s already a very suitable candidate having been named in canon, and if Walker’s comic book history is anything to go by, he’s going to struggle to maintain his squeaky clean image by the time The Falcon and the Winter Soldier wraps up its six-episode run on Disney Plus.
The actor admitted that he was completely clueless about the extensive lore that comes attached to the MCU, but he’s up to speed now having been given a crash course in the Marvel Studios back catalogue. In fact, he was recently asked how he thought Walker would have fared had he been forced to come up against the threat of Thanos, and the 34 year-old was honest in his answer.
“I would’ve been dead in like one second, right? I mean, Thanos can, like, kill everybody. You need like, the team of Avengers, everybody in the world to defeat him. John Walker would’ve probably been stepped on like an ant if he’d been doing it alone. He would’ve tried very hard and failed valiantly.”
It took almost every imaginable Avenger to defeat the Mad Titan at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, although the debate still rages as to whether or not Scarlet Witch or Captain Marvel would have been able to get the job done single-handedly. John Walker might be Captain America, but he doesn’t have any superpowers like his predecessor, at least not yet anyway, so he’s right in thinking that Thanos probably wouldn’t have given him a second thought.
Falcon and Winter Soldier’s Wyatt Russell Addresses How John Walker Would Have Fared Against Thanos
One of the most electrifying moments in movie theater history is Captain America summoning Thor’s hammer and declaring, “Avengers, assemble!” Steve Rogers had earned the moment through years of MCU appearances, much like he had earned the shield and title of Captain America through an earnest and relentless effort to better the world. Now, John Walker is Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Wyatt Russell playing the part on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Had his character come face to face with the Mad Titan as Steve Rogers did in Avengers: Endgame, Russell believes there would have been much less of a fight.
“He would’ve been dead in one second, right?” Russell laughed with PopBuzz. “Thanos can like kill everybody. You need the team of Avengers and everybody in the world to defeat him. John Walker would’ve been like stepping on an ant if he was doing it alone. He would’ve tried very hard and failed valiantly.”
Russell is probably on to something. Not only does he know his John Walker character better than the rest of us but he also seems to be in touch with the MCU and its catalog of characters. In the same interview, he was asked which characters he would most like to have on John Walker’s team if a second Civil War were to come to the MCU and he had some quick ideas. “You gotta have Thor because anybody who can pick up the hammer, you gotta have that guy,” Russell said. “You gotta have Hulk because he is two parts genius, one part super strong, so you have a brain. And, I’m just gonna go with one more for the interest of time, I’ll go with the Raccoon to get a different flavor. He is comedic relief. I wanna laugh every once in a while, he’s gonna make me laugh.”
This knowledge of the MCU is more than he had when he was auditioning for and cast in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. In true Marvel fashion, the role was kept under wraps until he got it. “When I found out I was gonna be in the MCU, I was like, ‘Fantastic, who am I playing?'” Russell said. “When they sat me down and explained to me what the arc looked like and who I was playing, who my character was, John Walker, I saw the potential in his faults and his flaws.”
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