Scarlett Johansson remembers when Black Widow was a “piece of meat”

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For the actress, it is “incredible to see the portrayal of Black Widow evolve in a decade.”

On the occasion of the upcoming release of Black widow, directed by Cate Shortland, Scarlett johansson revisited the character’s early appearances, including his introduction in Iron man 2, directed by Jon Favreau and released in 2010.

The actress told Collider that she was delighted with the transformation of Black widow in his first solo film. It measures the distance traveled by Natasha Romanoff, who was “sexualized and treated as possession” during his debut in the MCU. “It has clearly changed, and I think part of that change – it’s hard to say because I’m related to it – comes from me. I’m going to be 35, I’m a mother and my life is different. Obviously ten years have passed, things have happened and I have a different and more evolved way of understanding and perceiving myself. As a woman, I’m at a different point in my life, you see? felt more forgiving of myself, and at times probably not enough. I accept myself better, I think. “

And the actress continues: “It all has to do with the fact that we ditched the hypersexualization of this character, and if you watch Iron Man 2 again, even though it was a lot of fun and there are a lot of good times, the character is. so sexualized, you see? We really talk about it like it’s a piece of something, like a possession or like a potential good shot. [Iron Man, joué par Robert Downey Jr.] even referred to her that way at one point. “

The scene (see video below) that Johansson talks about, is where Tony meets Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff. The latter beats Tony’s right-hand man Happy Hogan in the boxing ring, which will lead Tony to utter these words: “I want one”, obviously speaking of Natasha. Johansson adds: “At one point, Tony call him ‘piece of meat’ and maybe at the time it was seen as a compliment. You see what I mean ? Because my way of thinking was different. […] My own values ​​were probably measured against this type of comment. [puis] like many young women, you become yourself and you understand your worth. It’s changing. Now the folks, the young women are getting a much more positive message and it’s amazing to be a part of that change, to go to the other side, to move forward, yet being a part of this old story. It is evolution. And I think that’s pretty cool. “

Black widow will be released in French theaters July 7, 2021, and in US theaters and streaming on Disney + in the US from July 9.

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