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The stand-alone Black Widow movie is already filming, and it will be released in May 2020. Scarlett Johansson was part of the big Marvel-panel reveal at Comic Con this weekend, where she was joined by her Black Widow castmates, including Florence Pugh (she’s everywhere!), David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. Scarlett also got to meet some of the other new additions to the Marvel Comics Universe, and she was blown away by how many ladies were there:

The rumors are true: Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Black Widow in a standalone film, while a slew of other female celebs will portray prominent characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And she says, it’s about time.

“I’m very excited about it, and I have to say, I was nervous coming here because we’re in the middle of shooting right now, so it’s not a time that you could ever share anything with anybody on any side of the movie, particularly in this universe, where everything is just so huge and the pressure’s on. But I’m really, really proud of what we showed today.”

The new film is set before the first Avengers film and offers insights into Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff’s past in Budapest. Black Widow is part of Marvel’s new slate of films, where the girl power is strong; Angelina Jolie made a surprise appearance at Marvel Studio’s Comic-Con panel to confirm she has joined the MCU, and will star in the studio’s upcoming ensemble film The Eternals. Salma Hayek is also starring in the movie. In addition, it was revealed that Natalie Portman, who played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the first two Thor films, will star as a female Thor in the upcoming fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder. The movie will also see the return of Tessa Thompsonas Valkyrie, now confirmed to be the MCU’s first LGBTQ superhero.

“It was amazing. I mean, there’s a lot of women up there that I hugely admire—Angelina, Salma…Rachel, Tessa…Natalie,” Johansson told E! News. “It’s bananas. I think it’s very exciting. I think it grounds the presence of the MCU in a way. It’s very exciting to see such a diverse group of people. It’s awesome. And it’s about time.”

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“It’s very exciting to see such a diverse group of people…” Just know that Scarlett thinks she can and should play all of the characters, just FYI. ScarJo doesn’t know this word “diversity.” She does not “get” representation. But that’s a conversation for another time, I guess. Anyway, I just wanted to talk about Scarlett’s comments in the larger context of Marvel’s Phase 4, and how Marvel really does seem to be trying to make a conscious shift away from their “all white bros” sausage party. I guess the white bros got a decade of Marvel dominance and now it’s time for Marvel to try to appeal to women and more diverse audiences. AFTER A DECADE.

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