Was Scarlett Johansson the right choice to play the black widow?

Scarlett Johansson

Iron Man 2 had fundamental flaws. It was full of different stories of intrigue and drifts from references to the upcoming Avengers movie in 2012. One of the biggest flaws was that aside from the main character Tony Stark, the rest of the cast fell a bit flat. The worst case was the character of Scarlett Johansson, the black widow.

In the comic, the black widow (Natalia Romanova) is a former Soviet spy who was sent to spy on Tony Starks, but after meeting Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner in the Avengers), it hurts in the United States and becomes a agent of SHIELD. His skills include unparalleled athleticism, expert combat skills and mastery of various gadgets.

In addition to a brief scene in Iron Man 2, where the widow attacks some of the Hammer Industries guards, the character was a real disappointment. Although the character has one of the best stories in Marvel comics, Scarlett’s performance made me wish that the other actor Emily Blunt took the role instead. Of course, Johansson sees the role of Natalia Romanova, but his actor became flat and too similar to his performances in his other films. I call it Jenifer Aniston syndrome. The widow is also well known for having a Russian accent, but the guys behind Iron Man 2 seem to think it would be a good idea to let it out, even if it’s an essential part of the character. Despite speculation from fans, I doubt we will actually see Johansson throw a Russian accent on the movie Avengers. We will only have to go through the massacre of the character. In addition, the widow is famous for being a spy, but her friends in Iron Man 2 seemed to have joined the company of Tony Stark to profile him for Nick Fury. It’s not corporate espionage, is it?

Critics and fans have criticized the way the black widow emerged as a constant sex symbol in Iron Man 2, but it is more of a flaw in the character itself. The black widow is known to do everything that happens, even if it means sleeping or flirting with the enemy.

Another reason the widow can be a spy on the side of the avengers is that she is not really a member of Twenty-One in comics. She is primarily a SHIELD agent or a member of Frange Avenger, but Marvel decided that the widow should be a top member of the 2012 list. Why is this a big problem? This is because the iconic members of the Avengers such as Ant Man (Hank Pym) and Wasp (Janet Pym) have been left out to avoid overloading the list on the screen. The ant man and the wasp are two founding members of the avengers in comics, so their exclusion is likely to irritate long-term comics fans in 2012.

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