Outspoken “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson has a pat on the back of her franchise character.
After years of anticipation, Marvel’s leading lady joined her Avengers counterparts and finally starred in her own stand-alone film.
Leading up to the July 9 premiere of “Black Widow,” Johansson, 36, caused a bit of a stir when asked about the development of her character, Natasha Romanoff — also known as the titular comic book hero. The two-time Oscar nominee denounced his character’s “piece of ass” hypersexualization during the development of the franchise.
Now, Johansson has revealed that attempts to make her character a sexy blonde bombshell — by male writers — were thwarted during the scripting process of Marvel’s ninth blockbuster installment in 2014.
“When we were doing ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ — it’s a really funny thing — the look is fabulous and utilitarian,” Johansson told Fatherly on Thursday. “She drives into this beautiful car for the first time and picks up the cap — and initially in the script, it looks like she comes in her tennis white with a blonde wig. It was killed too quickly.”
Johansson discussed the other ways Black Widow was developed from a prop to a three-dimensional character, allowing her to truly emerge as a major franchise character.
“From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Avengers’, his looks have changed,” Johansson told the outlet. “I think part of it is just to gain the trust of Marvel executives and to be able to sit in character and make decisions for that. It actually happened a long time ago. I mean, in ‘Iron Man 2’.”
Johansson also explained how the creation was a joint effort, “I worked with the wonderfully incredible costume designer Mary Zoffres, who created an absolutely beautiful femme fatale look for the character. And it was just amazing.”
Johansson explains the atmosphere of 2014: “You work with a lot of male writers. Things were changing. You have to be a part of the change. Audiences are also demanding stuff and there is a cultural shift, and that feeds everything in a more progressive direction. “
With a decade of portraying the character under her belt, Johansson has admitted that, in some ways, she grew up with Natasha Romanoff.
Johansson told IndieWire of the joint development: “It’s definitely changed and I think part of that change is probably – it’s tough because I’m into it, but maybe a lot of it is really from me as well.” I’m going  years old and I am a mother and my life is different.”
Johansson — who is currently expecting a child with her husband, “SNL” star Colin Jost, 39 — continued, “Obviously, 10 years have passed and things have happened and I find myself very different, There’s a more developed understanding. As a woman, I’m in a different place in my life, you know? And I realized that as a woman I’ve forgiven myself more, no more–ever Sometimes maybe not enough. I feel like I’m accepting myself more.”
Marvel’s “Black Widow” premiered Friday and is available to watch in theaters and stream on Disney+ through Premiere Access.