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    Scarlett Johansson Says That Black Widow Was Treated Like A "Piece Of Ass" In Past Marvel Films

    "The character is so sexualized, you know?"

    Scarlett Johansson is proud of how far Black Widow has come.

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    Since taking on the role in 2010, Scarlett says the character has evolved to become much more than just "a piece of ass."

    "You look back at Iron Man 2 and while it was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so sexualized, you know? Really talked about like she’s a piece of something, like a possession or a thing or whatever — like a piece of ass, really," Scarlett told Collider.

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    She continued, "Tony even refers to her as something like that at one point. What does he say? 'I want some.' And at one point calls her a piece of meat, and maybe at that time that actually felt like a compliment."

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    Scarlett says that back then her "thinking was different," and she may have even measured her self-worth with that type of comment.

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    "Obviously, 10 years have passed, and things have happened, and I have a much different, more evolved understanding of myself. As a woman, I’m in a different place in my life, you know?" Scarlett explained.

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    She continued, "I felt more forgiving of myself, as a woman...I'm more accepting of myself, I think. All of that is related to that move away from the kind of hyper-sexualization of this character."

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    Scarlett added that she's thankful for the change and is glad to have had any part in the shift.

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    "Now people, young girls, are getting a much more positive message, but it’s been incredible to be a part of that shift and be able to come out the other side and be a part of that old story, but also progress. Evolve. I think it’s pretty cool," Scarlett concluded.

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    Black Widow opens both in theaters and on Disney+ on July 9.

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