Scarlett Johansson Slams Portrayal of Black Widow in ‘Iron Man 2’

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Avengers franchise fan-favorite Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) is finally about to get her just due with her prequel film. Black Widow (2021) is hitting theaters and the Disney+ Premier Access tier on July 9 after being delayed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Now that the Marvel Studios film is finally about to release, Johansson has been making the press rounds to talk about the upcoming Marvel Phase 4 project, which is set to introduce villain, The Taskmaster. into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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In a recent Collider interview, the Hollywood star shared details about Romanoff’s portrayal in her MCU debut, Iron Man 2 (2010). She said:

“Obviously, 10 years have passed and things have happened and I have a much different, more evolved understanding of myself. As a woman, I’m in a different place in my life, you know? And I felt more forgiving of myself, as a woman, and not — sometimes probably not enough. I’m more accepting of myself, I think. All of that is related to that move away from the kind of hyper-sexualization of this character and, I mean, you look back at Iron Man 2 and while it was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so sexualized, you know? Really talked about like she’s a piece of something, like a possession or a thing or whatever — like a piece of a**, really. And Tony even refers to her as something like that at one point.”

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As the Avengers Infinity Saga drew to a close in recent years, of course, Marvel fans had to watch both Romanoff and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) die in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Johansson’s character sacrificed herself to save Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), while Downey, Jr.’s Stark met his end during the final battle with Thanos (Josh Brolin), with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) by his side.

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In her Collider interview, Johansson went on to express her happiness at watching the evolution of both female role models in general — and her own character — over the course of the past decade, particularly looking forward to Natasha’s portrayal in the upcoming Marvel movie:

“Maybe I even would have, you know, my own self-worth was probably measured against that type of comment or, like a lot of young women, you come into your own and you understand your own self-worth. It’s changing now. Now people, young girls, are getting a much more positive message, but it’s been incredible to be a part of that shift and be able to come out the other side and be a part of that old story, but also progress. Evolve. I think it’s pretty cool.”

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Romanoff’s prequel story is set to be a female-centric film as Johansson’s Black Widow and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) explore their sisterly bond, thanks to the years of twisted assassin training they underwent together in the Red Room.

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Disney+ officially describes the movie as:

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow”, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Nastasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. 

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow” — the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige. 

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What do you think about Scarlett Johansson’s take on Natasha’s portrayal in her first MCU appearance? Are you excited about the new Black Widow movie?

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