Scarlett Johansson is happy to see the industry evolve after playing Natasha Romanoff for over 10 years. On a recent post Hello Beautiful piece, the actress addressed a group of journalists in a press group for her next Black widow feature film and discussed the “hypersexualization” of his character when he first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man 2.
“I have a much more different and more evolved understanding of myself as a woman. I’m in a different place in my life,” she explained when asked how the MCU had changed during her tenure. “I feel more forgiving of myself as a woman, sometimes probably not enough, but … I accept myself more, I think. And all of that is related to that departure from the hypersexualized type of this character.” Johansson pointed out Iron Man 2 as a key example of the objectification of his character. She said that while the movie was “a lot of fun and had a lot of great moments,” Black Widow is “so sexualized” in it.
He recalled that “his character is spoken of as if he were a piece of something and a possession.” Tony Stark, the role of Robert Downey Jr., pronounces the line “I want one” in reference to Natasha. “Maybe at the time, maybe that really felt like a compliment. You know what I mean?” she said. “My thinking was different … My own self-esteem was probably more compared to that type of comment, as many young women probably feel.”
But today, Johansson has a better understanding of his own self-esteem and also sees a positive transformation in the character. “It’s changing now. I think a lot of young girls are getting a much more positive message,” she said. “It has been incredible to be part of that change and to be able to come out on the other side.” Catch the independent Black widow during its world premiere on July 9.