It is hard to resist Scarlett Johansson in a black leather catsuit and even harder to resist her real-life character as she forges a glittering movie career, emerging as a modern female icon.
Scarlett’s latest role in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as Black Widow finds her starring alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, and Chris Evans as Captain America, who reassemble the Avengers to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hellbent on human extinction.
Black Widow is the original female, costumed, super-powered comic book character who first appeared in Marvel Comics as Claire Voyant in 1940. However, in the initial comic series, the Black Widow was stealing souls and giving them to Satan, so her character has been through somewhat of a transformation.
The Marvel character evolves to become a recruit to the Black Widow Ops program. At a young age, Scarlett Johansson’s character was trained as a skilled operative and assassin. During training, she was psycho-technologically enhanced so that she would have a longer lifespan, leading to her joining the Avengers as a female superhero.
Scarlett Johansson became a female superhero for the acting fraternity of Hollywood after she was involved in a car accident just outside Disneyland when her Mercedes hit a car carrying a family as she was trying to elude paparazzi. This real-life event compelled Scarlet to petition the then-governor of California, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to change the law that increased penalties against overly aggressive photographers, dubbed “stalkerazzi,” who forcefully thrust their cameras into famous faces or crash their cars into a celebrity’s vehicle.
Scarlett set her sites on becoming an actor early on in her life, hailing from a creative lineage with a Danish grandfather who worked as a screenwriter and director and a mother who worked as a producer. At the age of 8, she appeared in an off-Broadway production of Sophistry with Ethan Hawke.
Her film debut in 1994’s North with Elijah Wood attracted critical attention, leading to a role in The Horse Whisperer with Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Scarlett Johansson went on to work with some of Hollywood’s greatest directors, actors, and producers, not least Woody Allen, Bill Murray, Cameron Crowe, and Matt Damon.
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Recently, Scarlett Johansson gained acclaim for her role in Under the Skin, a science fiction arthouse film directed by Jonathan Glazer. Scarlett plays an alien exploring human sexuality, killing several men along the way in order to take their skin. There are several extraordinary scenes in this film, not least where Scarlett is compelled to examine her naked alien/human form in a full-length mirror.