Scarlett Johansson may have just insulted Marvel Studios. The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star hosted “Saturday Night Live” on NBC, and in a digital short, she mocked Marvel’s lack of female superhero movies.
In the clip, Johansson plays her “Avengers” character, Black Widow, as if she were in her own movie, a project for which many fans have been campaigning. Because Marvel claims they “know girls,” the movie ends up being a typical romantic comedy. Black Widow works at a fashion magazine and falls in love with Ultron, the evil robot. With guidance from Captain America, Thor and Nick Fury, she discovers that Ultron just isn’t the right guy for her. Finally, she realizes that she’s in love with the Hulk.
Watch the “Saturday Night Live” skit below:
The skit comes after reviewers have expressed their disappointment with Black Widow’s storyline in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Many critics have noted that Widow, the only female Avenger at the beginning of the film, was essentially a love interest for the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and was often just there to facilitate the men’s storylines. Many were disappointed that she wasn’t as involved in the action as she was in the first film.
Even Mark Ruffalo acknowledged that Johansson’s character wasn’t being treated fairly, at least when it came to merchandising. The actor tweeted that he wanted to see more action figures and lunch boxes with the female superhero.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 29, 2015
Fans will finally get to see what a real female-led Marvel movie looks like in 2018. “Captain Marvel” recently hired Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve to write the script, and hopefully, it turns out nothing like the "SNL" video.