Though it’s been more than a year since it’s initial release date, Black Widow is finally set to come out on Disney+ and select theaters on July 9. Though we’re unsure if this will indeed be Scarlett Johansson’s swan song to the character, she does take the time to talk about how the character has evolved ever since her introduction in Iron Man 2.
Talking to Collider, Johansson speaks about how the character has moved from being a hyper-sexualized femme fatale to someone more vulnerable onscreen. She says:
“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 ass, really. And Tony even refers to her as something like that at one point.”
Though Black Widow was a sex pot in Iron Man 2, the character pretty much evolved as the MCU trudged along. While The Winter Soldier still had hints of Romanoff using her sexuality to manipulate a situation, it was pretty much gone by the time Civil War came around.
“Her power’s in her sexuality, and then that changed over time, right? Her strength was actually her vulnerability. That’s the kind of place that we’re in now and then in Endgame she sacrifices herself out of love. She saves her friend. She saves everyone.”
We don’t know how Marvel plans to cap off Widow’s story now that the character is dead, but a lot of fans are eager to see what happens when Black Widow becomes available in theaters and on Disney+ this July 9.