ScarJo, part of the Marvel Universe
When it comes to sheer ass-kicking female lead roles, Scarlett Johansson appears to have cornered that market. From her amazing 2014 performance in “Lucy” to her many performances as the deadly Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in 2010 in “Iron Man 2”, in 2012 in “The Avengers”, in 2014 in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, in 2015 in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and now in the new release, “Captain America: Civil War”.
Scarlett Johanson: the ass-kicker
Not since Sigourney Weaver’s character in the “Aliens” series, has a gorgeous woman kicked so much onscreen testosterone-toting ass. Her career started at the age of nine when ScarJo played John Ritter’s daughter in “North” back in 1994. She appeared in numerous films as a young girl and then, in 2003 she was the proud recipient of a Best Actress in a Leading Role BAFTA Award for “Lost in Translation”.
And the sexiest woman alive is…
As a Hollywood sex symbol in her own right, Esquire named her “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2006 and then again in 2013, making her the only woman that they ever chose twice for that particular title. And, Playboy named her “Sexiest Celebrity” in 2007. ScarJo played numerous sexy roles during her illustrious career, as well as some comedic, romantic and even some voiceover roles in animated films like “The Jungle Book”.
Lucy starring ScarJo
But, it was not until Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi-action movie “Lucy” in 2014, did ScarJo become a female cinematic ass-kicking heroine. A Korean crime ring lead by a sadistic bad guy uses Lucy as a reluctant drug mule to transport a new mind-expanding drug called CPh4. This substance is said to be active in very small amounts in pregnant women and is responsible for the formation of the baby’s bones. But, she becomes a powerhouse of psychokinetic abilities when the drug leaks into her system in a massive quantity, and goes to Morgan Freeman for a consultation. Freeman plays a neuroscientist who explains via voiceover about how we use our brains, starting with normal at 10% and inching up to 100%, which is where Lucy ends up due to the effects of the drug.
Needless to say, ScarJo kills every bad guy in sight and the film offers non-stop action from start to finish. And, when her mental powers are at their peak, the special effects that illustrate her higher mentality are truly spectacular. If you haven’t seen “Lucy” yet, you really should.
Natasha Romanov the Black Widow
And now, more recently, as Natasha Romanova aka Black Widow, Johansson plays a young woman who was trained at the well-known Red Room Academy of the KGB and became an expert assassin, athlete and spy. She actually started out as an Avenger enemy. However, later she breaks free of the grasp of the Russians and becomes an Avenger ally and one of the top agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In all five films, she kicks ass and takes names, so for a really wild ride, you just have to see them all.