Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Captain America 2′ Waistline Sparks Cries of Photoshop Foul (Photo)

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Critics are calling her tiny midsection “impossible” in another example of public outrage over unrealistic images of the female body

Scarlett Johansson‘s fans can buy her as a super-secret agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel’s “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier,” but they aren’t buying the tiny waistline she flaunts in a new poster for the upcoming film.

Backlash against the poster art, which features Johansson as The Black Widow with the body of a Barbie doll, began brewing online as soon as the image was released online Thursday, along with character posters of Samuel L. Jackson as  Nick Fury and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers.

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“You know there is no helping the world when even Scarlett-Joh’s already little waist is shopped to an impossible width in the ‘Cap’ posters,” one woman tweeted, echoing the sentiments of many others.

Here’s a small sampling of the less-than-favorable reactions to the poster:

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The issue of editing images of women to impossible standards of beauty has been particularly hot as of late.

An Elle magazine cover obscuring Melissa McCarthy‘s body was criticized last November, while a time-lapse video demonstrating how Photoshop editing can completely change a woman’s body image went viral last fall.

Elle also received backlash earlier this month after releasing February’s “Women in Television” issue,  which featured a photo of “Mindy Project” star Mindy Kaling cropped to focus on her appearance above the chest. Three other female TV stars featured on separate magazine covers for the same issue were pictured from above the knee.

Also read: Melissa McCarthy Elle Cover Controversy: Magazine Stands by That Coat

Just last week, singer Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to protest the photoshopped cover of ESPN Magazine that she posed for with NBA star Kobe Bryant. A petition asking ESPN to stop retouching photos of celebrities and models that appear in the magazine was launched, as a result, and has garnered 3,200 signatures to date.

Marvel has yet to respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment on the reaction to Johansson’s appearance on the new “Captain America” poster.

Also read: Mindy Kaling, Elle Magazine Respond to Cover Controversy

Take a look at a side-by-side comparison of Johansson on the poster and in real life to see if you agree with those bothered by the adjustments to her midsection.

Marvel/Getty Images

Marvel/Getty Images

  • Wes

    This is a fantasy movie about fantasy stuff. Who cares if the pic is not “real.”

    What’s next? Are people going to start complaining Mark Ruffalo is bigger than he normally is and not the right color when he turns into the Hulk?

  • Paul Thomas

    I’m just trying to figure out why someone would want to alter a photograph of Scarlett Johansson in the first place.

  • Michael Difani

    Wasp waisted women in the 1890s were common, weren’t they? But not since then. No photoshopping then. Maybe a rib taken out by 1890s surgery? Yikes.

  • ForTehNguyen

    what about men in movies with impossible standards of manliness? It makes me feel insecure!

  • Nadia

    What? You never heard of tighter than circulation corsets? LOL

  • Ed

    It’s a poster of a movie… No woman should feel insecure, angry, outraged, or whatever. I wish I looked like The Cap, but hey, that’s life. Just grab your popcorn and enjoy the flick. Movies work because of fantasy.

  • mickrussom

    She doesn’t care. She likes child molesters like Woody allen. Anything to make a buck while DESTROYING the next generation of kids is OK with her. Disgusting little pig she is.

  • RareE

    I’m sorry some women are insecure about their own shapes and have to hate on others who are smaller. My sister is a SIZE 0 (ZERO!!!) and she has had 3 children and is pregnant with her 4th. She is naturally thin and eats all the time and all the wrong things. Scarlett is NOT photoshopped. She is just a thin girl and it shows on film.

  • Natasha

    Yes, photoshopped obviously and women the world over shouldn’t starve themselves to get to be this impossible size and whatnot. They should have obviously stuck with the comics, were women were definitely not objectified and made to be sexier and thinner and curvier.

  • yoho

    all these fat insecure women. jjeez!

  • ikeamonkey89

    It’s not a photo. It’s a painting. Still, I see the complainer’s point. Her waist IS too small. It’s not Scarjo’s body at all. She is much curvier in all the right places.

  • JBChrome

    Artwork for a movie of a COMIC BOOK CHARACTER!!! The Black Widow as portrayed in comic books has looked like this. (It has depended on the artist.) Complaining that a comic book character is unrealistic is like complaining that water is wet.

  • Stu

    I agree, she has too many clothes on.

  • unsean

    Umm… I saw “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” last week, and far as I could tell, that’s her waist. Now, she may be wearing some sort of corset or something, but it looked just like the poster did.