Black Widow SNL Parody

Scarlett Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live the same weekend Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, and you know what that means: Another Marvel Cinematic Universe parody has hit the web. In this clever send-up, SNL takes the MCU to task for its lack of female-led films.

“Why no Black Widow movie? Does Marvel not know how to make a girl superhero movie?” the video asks, before reassuring viewers, “Chill. Marvel gets women.” And to prove it, here’s Black Widow: Age of Me, a romantic comedy from the writers of 27 Dresses. ‘Cause that’s what chicks want, right?

Black Widow: Age of Me is a spot-on spoof of the genre. Of course Black Widow is an adorable klutz working at a high-powered fashion magazine. Of course she has a meet-cute in the park with Ultron. Of course she has a sassy BFF (Thor, played by Taran Killam) and a nice-guy pal (Captain America, played by Beck Bennett) who seems to be in love with her. And of course she ultimately finds love with a sweet guy (Hulk, played by Bobby Moynihan) who gets that her favorite food is ice cream. (Of course her favorite food is ice cream.)

But it’s also a great jab at Marvel, and really Hollywood in general. Of course a major studio’s idea of a female-led superhero movie would be a crappy romcom from the writers of 27 Dresses. Black Widow has emerged as one of the most popular characters in the MCU, and the studio still doesn’t really seem to know what to do with her.

In fairness, Marvel is making some effort to improve their track record. Captain Marvel will become the 20th film in the MCU and the first one with a female lead, in 2018. In the meantime, though, Black Widow: Age of Me is the closest thing we’re gonna get to an actual Black Widow movie. Enjoy it.

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