Dear Scarlett Johansson: The Femme Fatale Is Not Anyone’s Property But Her Own

Dear Scarlett Johansson: The Femme Fatale Is Not Anyone’s Property But Her Own


Some spoilers ahead for “Avengers: Endgame,” “Gilda,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” and “Sunset Boulevard.”

The femme fatale has captivated audiences for generations, using her charm and sex appeal to manipulate protagonists, villains, and viewers. It’s an exciting character type that appeals to both men and women for different reasons, pairing allure with a tinge of mistrust and danger for electric results.

Black Widow: 21st Century Femme Fatale?

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With the release of her first solo movie as Marvel’s Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson has been publicly reflecting on her character, from her introduction in “Iron Man 2” to her tragic demise in “Avengers: Endgame.” She recently aired frustrations with the character’s initial “hypersexualization,” saying, “While [‘Iron Man 2’] was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so sexualized, you know? [She is] really talked about like she’s a piece of something, like a possession or a thing or whatever –

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