Scarlett Johannsson praises Marvel and says it’s ‘about time’ more women joined franchise

With this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con seeing the launch of not one, not two, but 11 new Marvel projects in the next two years, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of the franchise.

And one superfan who couldn’t be more excited about the announcements was Scarlett Johannson, who sung the praises of new cast member Angelia Jolie as she said it was ‘about time’ more women starred in the superhero franchise.

Speaking to E! News following the weekend’s convention, Scarlett couldn’t contain her excitement about Angelina joining Marvel Phase 4.

‘It’s bananas,’ she said, ‘I mean, there’s a lot of women that I hugely admire: Angelina, Salma [Hayek], Rachel [Weisz], Tessa [Thompson], Natalie [Portman].

I think it’s very exciting.’ With films such as The Eternals, starring Angelina alongside Richard Madden, Bryan Tyree Henry and Salma Hayek, and a female Thor film in the pipeline, Scarlett was thrilled to see the superhero franchise prioritise representation. 

 ‘It’s very exciting to see such a diverse group of people,’ Scarlett said. ‘I think it grounds the presence of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) in a way. It’s awesome. And it’s about time.’

One of the biggest announcements in Marvel’s Phase 4 was the news that Scarlett, 38, would be reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff in a standalone Black Widow movie.

Speaking of the spin-off, which will follow on from the events of Avengers: Endgame and also stars Rachel Weisz, Scarlett relished the opportunity to show the character’s depth in her own story.

‘I get to play Natasha as a fully realised woman and in all of her many facets,’ she said. ‘I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her, what she perceives to be the flawed side of her, and I’m looking to wipe out some of that red in my ledger so you guys will be seeing more of that.’

 Source: Metro co uk

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