WandaVision’s Elizabeth Olsen says Scarlett Johansson is an MCU trailblazer

Actress Elizabeth Olsen credited her Marvel co-star Scarlett Johansson for making a huge contribution to the expansion of female representation in the franchise.

Scarlett Johansson made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2010 as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. For years, she was the only hero in the saga, always surrounded by men on the stage. Ten years after arriving at the MCU, the Oscar-nominated actress is set to release her first film as the main character.

Scarlett Johasson as Black Widow in Iron Man 2

In addition to being a protagonist, Johansson signed as the producer of the film Black Widow, proving the extent of his reputation and influence within the studio.

For the interpreter of Wanda, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has evolved a lot over the years in terms of inclusion, and in large part thanks to the work of Scarlett Johansson.

Olsen provided his thoughts on the matter by speaking to Vanity Fair on the Still Watching podcast:

“I think it all starts with Scarlett Johansson. She’s a very powerful and talented woman in the MCU and I think that while her solo movie hasn’t been released yet, she really opened up that space. It is a pioneer, occupies this place and makes itself heard. And all this with elegance and a lot of intelligence. And I think Kevin Feige has always been a good listener and able to respond to what the world expects from the MCU when it comes to representation across all platforms.

It took Marvel Studios ten years to release Captain Marvel, their first female-led film. The feature film starring Brie Larson is one of the franchise’s biggest commercial successes, securing a sequel slated for 2022.

Black Widow, on the other hand, is slated to hit theaters on May 7, 2021. WandaVision continues to air on Disney + every Friday!

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