Scarlett Johansson Credits ‘Inherent Female Strength’ For Black Widow’s Survival

Scarlett Johansson credited Black Widow’s survival to the strength she described as inherently female.

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame concluded the story of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow by having the heroine sacrifice herself so the team could obtain the Soul Stone. The death of Black Widow came as a surprise to many, especially considering the character had survived so much through the years even without the benefit of superpowers.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scarlett Johansson discussed the importance of not only casting women in lead roles but also telling stories that uniquely female. It was during this conversation that Scarlett Johansson attributed Natasha’s survival to an “inherently female” strength and emotional intelligence:

“I think this character’s strength really lies in her vulnerability and her acceptance of that. She has emotional intelligence that has allowed her to survive without any real superpowers. She’s someone who is a problem-solver. She’s a pragmatic person. I think a lot of those qualities are inherently female.”

On the topic of what she hopes the ultimate legacy of the movie will be, Scarlett Johansson said, “I hope that this film continues pushing that boundary so that we can actually have more female superheroes who are inherently female, and aren’t just Batman in heels or whatever.”

Here is the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow:

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, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.

Black Widow will be released in theaters on May 1, 2020.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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