When the MCU formally began years ago, the group of Avengers was rather high on testosterone and even when Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. the Black Widow was added to the mix, she was majorly a supporting character in a cinematic universe which primarily helmed by male heroes like Chris Ryan’s Captain America, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. But gradually not only did Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow became an integral part of the MCU but also more female superheroes have now joined it, mainly Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch. And according to Johansson, Olsen has singlehandedly balanced out the MCU, which was out of sync for years.
Yes, when the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, there were female heroes- Black Widow and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. While Scarlett Johansson was either s**ualized (Iron Man 2) or played supporting roles as the heroes took the limelight, Smulders remained in the shadow of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and barely got some action scenes. It was less than the bare minimum needed to strike a gender balance in the MCU. But then came Avengers: Age of Ultron. By this time, Scarlett Johansson’s status in the MCU had elevated beyond a mere side character to an integral part of the universe without which it couldn’t function properly and this perfect setting was further amplified with the entry of Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff. It was the moment when the MCU began balancing itself.
“It was so great when Lizzy [Olsen] came on because yeah we had Colbie [Smulders], it was basically the two of us who kind of holding down the fort. And then when Lizzie came on, it was semi-balanced out, because it was very heavy on the testosterone for a very long time. Now, [it was] like calibrated, finally caught up,” Scarlett Johansson shared with SiriusXM while talking about Elizabeth Olsen and her MCU debut back in 2015.
Looks like Wanda has earned herself her biggest fan yet as Scarlett Johansson is in complete awe of Elizabeth Olsen, her “physicality,” her “passion,” and her professionalism.
“I mean, Lizzy is fantastic. She’s so funny, and she [has] a quirky sense of humor. She’s a total professional. She’s fit in perfectly, and [she] could just hang and talk and bring it to work,” she shared.
“What she was doing was so hard, even the physicality of what she was doing was so hard. I’ve worked with her, and I was amazed at what she was creating out of nothing. She created this whole physicality, and her character has such a sensuality to her. She has such a passion. I was amazed by it, and maybe put me to shame. I was like ‘wow this is like an amazing thing you’ve created, this mystical beautiful thing that had such strong like feminine energy.’ It was much needed,” she added.
Sadly, Scarlett Johansson rarely got to have one-on-one screen time with Elizabeth Olsen since her MCU debut. And now, Black Widow is no longer alive in the original timeline and given Johansson’s recent interviews, she has no plans of returning to the MCU, which effectively cancels any possibility of her appearing alongside Olsen in a future project. But when it comes to Marvel, nothing is ever impossible and we are counting on that.