On top of serving as the second female-led superhero film after 2019’s Captain Marvel, Johansson’s comments about Black Widow reflecting powerful real world movements could very well serve as an inspiration to many female fans.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Johansson addressed the aspect of female representation in the MCU. In a past interview, the MCU actress revealed that she was “pushing” for an all-female Marvel movie, even if her Natasha Romanoff persona is ultimately left out.
While speaking with Empire, Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson shared interesting tidbits about the feminist theme of the Phase 4 film, citing the fact that it is “very much reflective” of the “Time’s Up movement and #MeToo movement.” More so, Johansson also admitted that it was important for Black Widow director Cate Shortland to “make a movie about women who are helping other women:”
“I think this film in particular is very much reflective of what’s going on in regards to the Time’s Up movement and the #MeToo movement. It would be such a miss if we didn’t address that stuff, if this film didn’t take that head-on. I think, particularly for Cate, it was so important for her to make a movie about women who are helping other women, who lift other women up out of a very difficulty situation. Someone asked me if Natasha was a feminist. Of course she is, it’s obvious. It’s kinda an asinine question.”