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‘SNL’ lampoons Marvel’s lack of female characters with Black Widow romcom

Too real.

Mar 1, 2020, 4:32 am*

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Scarlett Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live last night, and we all know what that means: an Avengers parody.

SNL poked fun at Marvel‘s track record with female characters, giving us a trailer for a Black Widow movie casting the superhero as a stereotypical romcom heroine. Her love interest? Ultron, of course. With the tagline “Marvel gets women,” Black Widow navigates her new job at a fashion magazine with support from her pals the Avengers.

Since the 2004 Catwoman movie reimagined its hero as a graphic designer working at a cosmetics company and battling Sharon Stone’s evil skincare magnate, this Black Widow trailer brings back some horrible memories. Too real, SNL. Too real. 

Over the past few years, the campaign for a solo Black Widow franchise has developed from a Marvel fandom daydream into an SNL punchline. But has all this publicity made the movie any more likely to happen? Judging by this leaked email from Marvel boss Ike Perlmutter rejecting “female movies,” probably not.

Screengrab via Saturday Night Live/YouTube

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*First Published: May 3, 2015, 1:13 pm