Scarlett Johansson’s sultry blond hairstyle ‘quickly killed’ Black Widow’s sexy blond look.
Scarlett Johansson’s outspoken “Black Widow” character continues to have her back.
After years of anticipation, Marvel’s leading lady finally joined her Avengers co-stars in her own standalone film.
Johansson, 36, caused a stir when asked about the evolution of her character, Natasha Romanoff — also known as the titular comic book hero — in the run-up to the film’s July 9 premiere. The two-time Academy Award nominee decried her character’s hypersexualization throughout the franchise’s evolution.
Now, Johansson has revealed that attempts — by male writers — to make her character a seductive blond bombshell were thwarted during the 2014 scripting process for Marvel’s ninth blockbuster installment.
“When we were filming ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ the look is fantastic and utilitarian — this is a really funny thing,” Johansson told Fatherly on Thursday. “She first arrives in this lovely car and picks up Cap — and initially, the script had her arriving in tennis whites and wearing a blond wig. It was quickly dispatched.”
Johansson continued by discussing additional ways in which Black Widow was transformed from a prop to a three-dimensional character, allowing for her true emergence as a franchise leader.
“From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Avengers,’ her look has evolved,” Johansson told the outlet. “I believe a large part of that is simply earning the trust of Marvel’s executives and gaining the ability to sit in the character and make decisions for her. That did occur fairly early on. That is, in ‘Iron Man 2.'”
Johansson also explained how the character was created collaboratively: “I collaborated with the incredible, incredible costume designer Mary Zophres, who created an absolutely stunning femme fatale look for the character.” And it was absolutely breathtaking.”
Johansson continues, “You work with a lot of male writers in 2014. Things were transforming. You must participate in the process of change. Audiences are also becoming more demanding, and there is a cultural shift underway, which is pushing everything in a more progressive direction.”
With a decade of experience portraying the character, Johansson has admitted that she grew in some ways alongside Natasha Romanoff.
Johansson told IndieWire of the collaborative evolution: “It has definitely changed, and I believe that part of that change has probably — it’s difficult because I’m inside it, but I believe that a lot of that is also from me.” I’ll be  years old, a mother, and my life will be very different.”
Johansson — who is currently pregnant with her husband, “SNL” star Colin Jost, 39 — continued, “Obviously, ten years have passed and things have happened, and I have a much more evolved understanding of myself.” As a woman, you know? I’m in a different place in my life. And I felt more forgiving of myself as a woman, though not always enough. I believe I am more accepting of myself.”
Marvel’s “Black Widow” premiered on Friday and is now available in theaters and via Premier Access on Disney+.