"The creature that Scarlett plays in Under The Skin exists to be objectified," says director Jonathan Glazer. "And what she does in the course of the film, in her own discovery, is she reclaims that — she de-eroticizes her own image, actually. It seems to me to be somehow in line with Scarlett’s life as an actress, and in the way she’s objectified” he added. (…) Under the Skin could scarcely have picked a better-equipped actress than Johansson to play a temptress with the sort of sexual charisma that can lure men to their doom. (…) That’s a conflict that Johansson has had to navigate for most of her adult career. The notion that her character in Under the Skin is experiencing “a journey from ‘it’ to ‘she,’” in Glazer’s words, could also apply to Marvel’s treatment of Johansson as its sole superheroine Black Widow. First introduced as no more than a sexual fetish object in Iron Man 2, Black Widow was eventually redeemed by the interest Joss Whedon paid her in The Avengers, where she had more screen time than most of her fellow superheroes and was granted a complicated interior life (and a backstory full of dangerous deal-breakers) that the first film could only hint at.