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25 Photos Of Scarlett Johansson Before The MCU

We know her as Black Widow, but here is what Scarlett was like before her days with the Avengers.

For whatever reason many people are probably crushing on Scarlett Johansson – we're not going to start listing the reasons why. When The Avengers has made someone the highest-paid actress in Hollywood and every single movie theater seat is filled with people waiting to see the Black Widow in action, the internet reflects it. Seriously, this actress' search engine pages are just an endless abyss of skin-tight bodysuits, weapons, and fight scenes.

Believe it or not, ScarJo has been around longer than most would think. In 2010, the actress started her MCU career with the world's most epic fight scene – and we haven't forgotten it. Who could forget her casually strolling into that Iron Man 2 boxing ring and bringing Tony Stark's trainer to his knees in one quick-whipped fight? Admit it. We all went home and re-watched it at least twice. Of course, we wanted more.

Exquisite beauty and a boss attitude are probably why $25 million is what ScarJo is looking at for her own Black Widow movie. To be fair, those are probably the reasons Marvel took the actress on back in 2010. Now, though, it's time to take a look at Scarlett before the MCU. Much like Margot Robbie, Amy Adams, and Felicity Jones, Scarlett was shooting "regular movies" – once upon a time. She was also married to Ryan Reynolds (and someone else). Long before Scarlett was raking in $1.4 billion in Captain America: Civil War and Natasha Romanova had become a household name, a different Scarlett was marching the Hollywood boulevards. Whoever clicks on this article probably wants to see what all the fuss is about, so we're not going to disappoint. Here are 25 photos of Scarlett Johansson before the MCU.

25 CATCHING EVERYONE'S EYE

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Guess what? When you look like this, the world notices you. Anyone would be hard-pressed to find a more unique-looking starlet than Scarlett in Hollywood – which is exactly why the industry was digging her in the first place. Girl-next-door looks are something Hollywood has seen before. Don't get us wrong, Mila Kunis and Emma Stone are hardly "bad-looking," but they aren't a match for Scarlett. What is equally refreshing is the fact that this lady doesn't insist on wearing diamond-encrusted gowns and flying Donatella Versace out just to fit her. Hollywood needed something different. Scarlett delivered, that's for sure.

"With the hair color, I got a college degree," Scarlett told Elle. "It comes in a bottle." She also said, "It doesn't make me feel any different." This is an actress who is comfortable in her own skin.

A bit of grunge never scared Scarlett. If she isn't bravely chopping her hair off for the pixie cuts she totally rocks, she's switching up the colors. Maybe it's because blondes "have more fun." Maybe it's because she just felt like it. Either way, the actress definitely gravitates towards blonde, which you'll spot in her earlier movies, like Vicky Christina Barcelona and Match Point. That was the era that saw the director, Woody Allen fall hook, line, and sinker for his new "muse." Wise choice, Woody. Wise choice.

24 THAT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE VIDEO

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Justin Timberlake is a smart guy. He was smart when he lent his lyrics to McDonald's for a reported $6 million, and choosing Scarlett Johansson for his music videos was no different. This one takes us back to 2006. "What Comes Around Comes Around" was released just after Justin's split from Cameron Diaz, so naturally, a video with stuff like this was going to fuel rumors. We got a whole nine minutes of a talk-to-the-hand Scarlett having a bit of a change of heart once she sees JT. Still, she's pretty standoffish to start.

She first said,"Leave me alone, I'm with someone." It didn't take long for her to say, "Ah, you like to play. You got a car? Let's get outta here." 272 million viewers probably hit pause just like we did during that pool scene.

The video was pretty neat. Soaring crested columns and burlesque dancers see JT surrounded by a bit of 19th century Paris vibe, although the singer doesn't waste much time introducing the blonde to his homies. "This is the one." Yeah, we can see why. The great thing about Scarlett here, is that she doesn't just fall into Justin's lap – yawn, every other music video out there. "Shut up," Justin tells her. "You make me shut up," she replies. Avengers material? Uh, yeah.

23 SUPERHERO BODIES DON'T BUILD THEMSELVES

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Hand-to-hand combat and f martial arts are just some reasons why Black Widow is everyone's favorite. This girl puts other Hollywood actresses to shame. The reason Scarlett doesn't have an Instagram account littered with #morningvibes smoothie bowls and sunset pictures of herself doing yoga is that she's too busy actually training. Scarlett was a relative newbie when she first set foot on the MCU cast, but she's admitted she "loves the action."

"When I did Iron Man 2, I had never done any fight training. Five months of training, seven days a week, 90 minutes a day," Scarlett said.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Scarlett detailed the grueling workouts she underwent to prep herself for the role. Pull-ups, rope work, kettlebell training, balance, and coordination were rolled in with full-on weapons training. "It was a whole new world for me. I had to figure out how to fight and the movements had to be clean." Yeah, you kind of nailed the "clean " part, all right. Clean eating was also required. That meant steel-cut oatmeal breakfasts, pure proteins for strength, and a lot of anything green. The Paleo diet wasn't getting ScarJo into shape fast enough, so the actress went full vegan, according to her trainer.

22 A DATING HISTORY SHE WISHES WE'D FORGET

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The twists and turns of Scarlett's personal life literally know no bounds. When you're "not a fan of monogamy," though, you get what you asked for. While Hollywood stars sign divorce papers like Amazon deliveries, not many actresses are twice-divorced at just 33 years old. Here's something new (not). When you're good looking on this kind of level, people want to date you. Between Scarlett's two marriages, boyfriends, and rumored hook-ups, that list shapes up pretty nicely. Sean Penn, Justin Timberlake, Nate Naylor, Benicio del Toro, Patrick Wilson, and Jude Law have all been linked to ScarJo. Oh, and Jared Leto.

ScarJo and Jared were reportedly an "item" back in 2004, according to People. Aside from the obvious, the real sign of a successful individual here is Scarlett avoiding the Hollywood spiral that afflicts so many actresses.

You know, those actresses who are Little Miss "it girl" in their 20s, and the minute they hit 30, they've aged like, a hundred years. Scarlett is no Paris Hilton. Dedicated relationships are "too much work" for Scarlett, according to Vanity Fair. When someone like Scott Disick says that, they get zero respect. Oddly, though, with Scarlett, her "not being a fan of monogamy" just feels like a genuine expression of her beliefs. Plus, you kind of don't want to cross this girl.

21 RED HAIR? THAT COULD KINDA WORK OUT

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Every actress has to start somewhere. Anne Hathaway didn't become Catwoman overnight, and the Hollywood casting couch can be pretty conventional when it comes to casting a young, good-looking actress. 2004 was the year ScarJo was cast in The Perfect Score, a teen comedy heist, although she was already rubbing shoulders with Captain America himself here. The movie starred Chris Evans and Leonardo Nam – you'll recognize him from the hugely popular Westworld series.

For such a pretty face, Scarlett manages to create an equal buzz when it comes to her hair. If she isn't chopping it all off, she's dying it various colors, and red seems to have proven pretty lucrative for her.

In 2016, Forbes listed Scarlett as the top grossing actress, and her salary for Avengers: Infinity War was $20 million. Eyeing up $25 million for her own movie will also whack on another $6 million if the movie earns more than $900 million, according to The Daily Mail. Scarlett is also reportedly in talks to get a producer credit.

In 2014, Scarlett told Vogue: "The red hair for Avengers is so great because it's such a character trait. She's such a special, spicy little character that when that flick of red hair goes by, everybody's like: There's the Black Widow. Whether it's Cap 2 or Avengers or Iron Man, it's always fun to put that hair back on."

20 THE TOURIST YEARS

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Director Woody Allen didn't just see a pretty face in Scarlett. He saw potential for greatness. In 2008, Woody cast Scarlett alongside Penelope Cruz and No Country For Old Men actor, Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona – which, by the way, is totally worth watching. Much like the title suggests, the movie is about two women (Vicky and Cristina), and the setting is the beautiful Spanish town of Barcelona. Two Americans are playing total tourists in what ends up being a temper-fueled, twisted love triangle with a lot of angry yelling from Penelope Cruz. Not surprising. A young, blonde, and beautiful American is getting in the way of Penelope's relationship.

"The minute Scarlett walks on the set, the amperage goes up 200 points," Woody Allen said about his muse, Scarlett. Before the MCU, Scarlett starred in a string of intense emotional Woody roles, including Match Point, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and Scoop.

Speaking to Collider, Scarlett said that she hugely identified with Christina's "seize the day" attitude in Vicky Christina Barcelona. "The best thing about working with Woody is that he writes such fantastic female roles." Of course, some directors are just happy to settle for ScarJo's syrupy voice. No, really. Watch Her with Joaquin Phoenix. ScarJo's voice is mesmerizing – plus, she plays a robot.

19 DIDN'T GO TO PLAN

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"I think the idea of marriage is very romantic. It's a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a beautiful thing. I just don't think it's natural to be a monogamous person." Straight from the horse's mouth, that's a quote that has landed Scarlett two divorces, the last of which was finalized just last year. Scarlett famously (but very secretly) married Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds in 2008 after one year of dating. For a Hollywood romance, the whole thing was pretty hush-hush – probably why the most you'll find of these two online are blurry paparazzi shots.

Scarlett was 23 when she married a 31-year-old Ryan Reynolds in a secret 2008 wedding. Clashing personalities and suggestions that Ryan was "controlling" ended the marriage, according to People. They divorced in 2010.

Ryan Reynolds might not be a "ladies man" on Leonardo DiCaprio levels, but Ryan has won over his fair share of ladies. Alanis Morissette, Charlize Theron, Sandra Bullock, and Melissa Joan Hart have all had Ryan on their arm, although he's currently settled with Blake Lively. ScarJo and Ryan announced their divorce in a joint statement, saying: "We entered into out relationship with love, and it's with love and kindness that we leave it." Great. Thanks for all the details.

18 RAINCHECK

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This is hands-down the most famous scene from Scarlett's 2005 movie, Match Point. Woody Allen was already onto Scarlett for the femme fatale role in this romantic drama. He definitely wasn't going to miss an opportunity to shoot Scarlett in the pouring rain. A back-and-forth of flirtatious encounters (plus a lot of tennis) gave this movie the quintessential "Woody Allen quirk," but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure out why Scarlett was Little Miss Temptation.

This iconic scene from Match Point saw Scarlett's character, Nola, finding herself lost, overwhelmed, and completely intoxicated by a tennis coach with some bad social climbing skills. To be fair, he's got Scarlett in the rain – unlikely Jonathan Rhys Meyers was complaining.

Wearing a lot of tiny tennis dresses was, of course, a giant people pleaser, but it was also another challenge for Scarlett to pull of a fitness-demanding role. Speaking to Vogue, Scarlett said, "I do the same fitness routine as my big muscle-man trainer. I like to work up a sweat." ScarJo's favorite eats include French food. "I love the breads and pâtés – all that stuff. I don't eat cheese, though, which shocks my French family and friends." If you happen to be in Paris at the same time as ScarJo, make a beeline for a restaurant called Le Comptoir. "They don't take reservations," Scarlett said. "You just have to wait and get in." Presumably, that place has netted some nice profits.

17 AN ERA GONE BY

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Some movies get remembered. Others don't. The Man Who Wasn't There never ranked as the most famous Coen brothers movie, although these two legends weren't messing around when they cast Scarlett. Something about her girlish charm and platinum curls made Scarlett bang-on for the 1940s, neo-noir world of crime, corruption, and moral imperfection. Their leading lady starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton in this movie, although the brother duo directors are best known for cult movies like The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Long before she was pinning every guy to the ground in the MCU, Scarlett was pinning down roles that gave Hollywood the one thing it needed the most: versatility. Seriously, that industry is so full of typecast actors and actresses, it needed a breath of fresh air. Typecast isn't necessarily a bad thing. Good at romantic comedies? Hire Jennifer Aniston. Need the cocky hero who always pulls his own stunts? Try and squeeze Tom Cruise in between Scientology meetings.

Few actresses in Hollywood have the sheer versatility that Scarlett has. To go from playing a 1940s heroine to a fully fledged superhero takes more than costume changes. "There was always something inside me," Scarlett told The Sunday Herald. "I always wanted to do it."

16 LOST IN TRANSLATION

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Lost In Translation was a 2003 movie that was light years ahead of its time. Instagram filters didn't exist, but a deep emotional performance from Scarlett has made it one of the most iconic movies of all time. It's one of those wonderful movies where nothing actually happens, but you just can't tear yourself away. ScarJo plays a bored, lost, hopeless girlfriend to her "never there" photographer boyfriend. They're in Japan, and so is Bill Murray, who plays a similarly lost ad executive.

For all the whip-kicking action and burning cars you've seen Scarlett in, there's an emotionally tortured movie balancing it out. This movie became known for its iconic music by the band Air. Most of all, though, it was the sheer simplicity of Scarlett and Bill's platonic friendship that made it so utterly beautiful.

"I'd been eating so much Udon, I just thought, oh my God, I'm not going to look decent," Scarlett told Thought. While the movie shot some epic karaoke scenes and gave ScarJo an iconic blonde-pink wig, it also gave the actress a chance to explore Japan. "We were working so much," she said. "But I went shopping and ate Japanese food. You can really uncover a lot of great things that are hidden in the hustle and bustle." Yes. Like hidden gems called Scarlett Johansson.

15 PROM FLASHBACK

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$20 million salaries may buy you all the material possessions in the world, but there's one they can't do – delete embarrassing photos from the internet. We dug deep to find this throwback shot of Scarlett at her high school prom, although you've probably already noticed the famous face she had as her date. Girls' Lena Dunham had a bit of a shock when she stumbled across this picture of her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff with a young Scarlett.

"I was going through my Old Loves blog and I saw my boyfriend and his girlfriend from high school," Lena Dunham said. "I'm not jealous," she added after admitting she was shocked to learn Jack Antonoff had dated Scarlett.

NY Daily News kind of pushed Lena for a more-revealing reaction, although Lena stuck to saying: "I'm not jealous. It's very sweet." Jack is a singer, songwriter and record producer who has also been romantically linked to Lorde, although he's currently raking in big bucks as Taylor Swift's producer. There's no denying that this isn't one of ScarJo's glossiest moments. The classy look wasn't something Scarlett had quite nailed yet, but then again, no one looks good at prom. Have you seen the teen Eminem shots?

14 HUSBAND NUMBER ONE

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On the plus side, keeping your private life under wraps does have its comforts – namely, not having the digital space littered with mountains of pics of you and your ex. Scarlett and Ryan Reynolds were very much in love in this 2007 shot, where the media were very curious, but were generally finding a lot of doors shut in their faces. They were sad times for the newspapers. Literally all they could have as their headline was: "Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds wed in a remote wilderness retreat outside Vancouver." How exciting.

The Deadpool actor has put his ScarJo history firmly behind him, but People did interview Ryan back in 2010. Ryan revealed that "dinner and a little dancing" was his ideal date, and there was a bit of gushing about Scarlett. "You get to hang out with your best buddy every day," Ryan recalled as the best part of being married to Scarlett. "It's made me a stronger, better person."

Presumably though, when you marry your "best buddy," time with them is something you want. That, and you know, maybe monogamy. A source told People that the Blade: Trinity actor was struggling with the hectic schedules pushing him and Scarlett apart. These two are now history, although two formerly married superhero actors on the same set would be interesting...

13 GEARING UP FOR ACTION

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It was time. If Scarlett was going to get anywhere near the MCU, she needed to step up to the plate. Period dramas like The Girl With The Pearl Earring aren't going to prep you for Marvel's casting couch. Sci-fi, however, will. In 2005, ScarJo inched her way closer to that iconic all-black suit with a not-so-different white one. The Island would be her home. A vast compound filled with strictly controlled human clones is the setting, and on this island, human life is cheap. Jordan Two Delta (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Lincoln Six Echo (played by Ewan McGregor) find themselves as "clones on the run," and action was the only way out.

"I almost lost an eye. That was fun. I had a permanently blue knee. That was pretty gross. The problem is that once we were doing this scene where I had to crawl on the sidewalk. There was so much action going on in the background." Scarlett pulled her own stunts despite just being 20 years old.

Speaking to Pop Entertainment about the role, Scarlett said that she found the transitioning to action "easy." Right, just the kind of "easy" that saw her run into that boxing ring in Iron Man 2 and make the entire movie theater want to hit rewind.

12 THE SECRET JESSICA BIEL FEUD

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Well, here is an internet pic we never knew existed. Hollywood is pretty used to stars emerging as childhood friends. Even when they're as weird as Snoop Dogg and Cameron Diaz, or Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling. This pic of Scarlett Jessica Biel takes us back to 1998, when Scarlett was 14 and Jessica was 16. How, where, and why this pic was taken is still unknown, so you can count yourself lucky for landing on this article.

If anything, these two have a bit of a feud going. First, there's that Justin Timberlake video that the now Mrs. Timberlake probably isn't too happy about. It was in 2009, though, that Jessica really voiced her disregard for ScarJo. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Jessica complained that good looks in acting "aren't a problem" for the likes of Scarlett Johansson or Natalie Portman. "It really is a problem," Jessica said. "I have to be blunt."

Scarlett has never commented or retaliated to that interview, although they've since starred together in the 2012 movie, Hitchcock. This feels slightly out of character for Jessica Biel – she is now regarded as one of Hollywood's most beautiful faces, and her marriage to Justin Timberlake kind of proves it. Maybe Jessica didn't feel she was quite on Scarlett's level? Please. Who is?

11 THIS GETS YOU HUGH JACKMAN

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Four years shy of her MCU debut, Scarlett may not have been a superhero in Scoop, but she was already starring alongside The Wolverine. She was getting there. In 2006, she was still Woody Allen's prized muse, and she was cast alongside X-Men star, Hugh Jackman. Yeah, Hollywood is that weird No Man's Land where superheroes find themselves co-starring in parallel universes about love. While 99% of Hugh Jackman internet searches are about how to get his ripped physique, there's still the 1% (probably Woody Allen) still Googling the plot of Scoop.

You don't want to hear the plot, do you? The Washington Post called it "the worst movie Woody Allen has ever made." Okay, that is kind of harsh, but Scarlett is in it. It can't be that bad. Since you don't want to hear about how the guy fell in love with the girl and it did (or didn't) end happily ever after, here's some random cool stuff about Scarlett.

Scarlett chose to celebrate her 20th birthday at Disneyland. The woman who doesn't believe in love or fairytales still took her 20-year-old self to the land of princesses. Scarlett was also the inspiration behind Katy Perry's song: "I Kissed A Girl." There, have we got your attention?

10 ACTUALLY CHARITABLE

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This is almost infuriating. Charity events are for the "desperate celebs." You know, the moment in their career that's ever-so-slightly sliding downhill. It is when their agent is like, "Seriously. You need to start doing some charity work." Scarlett was far from downhill in this 2008 shot of her with Josh Brolin at Stand Up To Cancer at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. By this point, Scarlett was already the face of Dolce & Gabbana and married to Ryan Reynolds. She certainly didn't need promotional help.

This actress is a true philanthropist. No, really. As in skipping the Oscars for charity – that kind of philanthropy. To be fair, a lot of the MCU are. According to Forbes, Robert Downey Jr. digs deep. A decent chunk of the $73 million he earned in 2013 went to support hunger, poverty, and education. Chris Hemsworth's $37 million from that year also went (in part) to funding social work in his home country of Australia.

In 2007, Scarlett skipped the Academy Awards to carry out her role as an Oxfam ambassador. She ditched the glamorous awards ceremony for the real-life grind in India and Sri Lanka. "It was nice to feel part of the community," she said. Scarlett continues to work to raise AIDS awareness and help Soles4Souls, to which she has personally donated over 2000 pairs of shoes.

9 FRONT ROW AT A FASHION SHOW

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Imitation of Christ is a fashion label. Scarlett isn't likely to be your first choice when naming celebs who get front row slots at Fashion Week, but Scarlett got her invite here in 2007. This was, incidentally, back when an invite to Fashion Week actually meant something. Not that Kim Kardashian and Beyonce haven't earned their front-row invites, but it's become a bit of a who's who – especially when the 9 p.m. evening show is being attended by a screaming little Blue Ivy.

Scarlett's commitment to fashion is kind of just right. You never get the feeling that it's forced – she does, after all pretty much live in hoodies and leggings. At the same time, this actress can turn it up a notch. Scarlett's red carpet looks have stuck her on every "Best Dressed" list around. She's also got the kind of edgy confidence you'll rarely see from a Hollywood starlet. A partially shaved head and plunging satin? Name one actress who pulls off glam without the Kristen Stewart grunge.

Scarlett has been the face of major brands including Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton. In 2006, she became a spokesperson for beauty giant, L'Oréal. In 2009, Dolce & Gabbana counted their lucky stars to have Scarlett as the face of their fragrance: The One. Admit it – you'd consider buying it now.

8 SWEET SIXTEEN

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It takes a whole level of beauty to be 16 and not look a total mess. Remember what it was like to be that age? You think you're on top of the world. You definitely don't need anyone else's opinion. Scarlett was just 16 when she attended the Ghost World premiere in a pretty impressive wardrobe for someone so young. Clearly, she had already registered red as her signature color. The trench coat is classic "I mean business" Scarlett, but the flower in her hair says "young and carefree."

Scarlett has always stood out from the crowd. "I think that I sort of see other actresses as proud of the way they look and showing it off. That's never been my style," she told IMDB.

The more we've seen Scarlett evolve, the more we've seen someone really sink their heels into being themselves. This actress doesn't wear leather jackets because some 19-year-old running after Robert Pattinson said, "Leather is in." Scarlett voiced her opinions to IMDB, saying, "I really don't that it's disgusting or wrong, if you're 18 you're 18. It's your body, it's your right to show yourself, however I don't take a part in that." Well, there's definitely been a bit of the "if you've got it, flaunt it" from ScarJo's necklines, but like she said, there is nothing wrong with it.

7 SCARLETT STYLE BEGINS

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Here, she is looking nowhere near as polished as she looks today, but certainly not bad for a 20-something actress still finding her feet. This 2003 shot of Scarlett is halfway there. Plunging into brave waters? The short blonde hair is awesome. All-white outfit? Clever. Minimalist colors will draw the eye to the face – and what a face. Scarlett opted for smoky eyeliner, nude lipstick, and not much in the way of jewelry. While other actresses rock up to the red carpet wearing every fist-sized diamond they own, Scarlett has no interest in being a "model for show."

Scarlett credits her New York upbringing with the individual sense of style she's now so famous for. Speaking to The Daily Express, Scarlett said, "I'm born and raised in New York and I think my style comes from there. It's about individuality. I have never felt the need to fit into a fashion ideal."

This is where it's also noteworthy to remember that Scarlett conquered another unspoken Hollywood battle. Body acceptance basically didn't exist in the 2000s, and Scarlett's curves were not in with Hollywood's size zero mold. Aside from Kate Winslet, anyone with a waist over 24 inches was considered some kind of freak. You were welcome on the Hollywood casting couch if you could fit into it. Scarlett built her own. Who's laughing now?

6 NERD FACE

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You don't have to start out as a nerd to become every nerd's dream girl. But it helps. If you've got geeky friends who have a thing for Mila Kunis, they might want to know that the actress is HOOKED on World of Warcraft. Scarlett has always been pretty private – the sunglasses and bundled-up Ryan Reynolds shots made that pretty clear. ScarJo in an airport? You'd barely know it was her. That said, you can't say this actress hasn't put her all into sci-fi, tech, and the hardest one of all – pulling it all off herself.

"My favorite video game is Mario Kart." When IGN pressed Scarlett to say who would win in a fight: Major from Ghost In A Shell or Black Widow, Scarlett went bright red and apologized for "disappointing fans" by not being able to choose.

Scarlett likes to indulge in her nerdy side in Japan. Wandering the streets and just "watching people be people" is how the real-life Natasha Romanova gets her kicks. She prefers sushi over ramen – "ramen is a little intense," she said. "I love it every time, but I always regret it." In true "stay out of the limelight style," if Scarlett had a thermoptic suit, she'd use it to get through airport security. Smart.

5 GREW UP ON FOOD STAMPS

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Posing with her high school squad, Scarlett is already oozing the confidence that makes her so perfect for the MCU. Behind the tough front, though, this actress grew up in hard times. "We were on food stamps," Scarlett told The Daily Mail. The rags to riches story is pretty common in Hollywood – even with her fellow superhero actors. Chris Pratt started out serving shrimp and was living homeless in Hawaii before being discovered. Megan Fox couldn't afford razors. Mila Kunis may not be rubbing shoulders with Captain America, but her family moved to the US from the Ukraine with just $250 to their name.

"We were living on welfare, we were on food stamps. My parents were raising four kids in a low-income household in Manhattan." With salaries in the range of $20 million per movie, this one gets a #ragstoriches.

A huge part of Scarlett's appeal is her refusal to mutate into a Hollywood diva. The minute these people realize that they're mega-rich, mega-famous, and mega-powerful, they turn into monsters. Between darting the paparazzi in solidly affordable hoodies and training for her roles, Scarlett spends her time as an advocate for Feeding America. The MCU didn't just pick awesome actors. They picked awesome people.

4 EMERGING STARLET

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At this point, she was not quite the mega-star she is now, but already famous enough to be hanging at the Venice Lido Resort in Italy. Frolicking around fancy European resorts becomes a given once you're racking up the awards – the Cannes Film Festival isn't attended by every superstar on earth for nothing. Scarlett started out with her looks as the main talking point. Then the world realized she could act. With those two still going strong, the third addition is the one that gets the most hype. How much money she makes. With Black Widow officially listed on IMDB as "going to happen," ScarJo will become the highest-paid actress in movie history.

Scarlett isn't known to be a big spender. During her second marriage to her French husband, Romain Dauriac, ScarJo purchased a $3 million Los Angeles home – hardly extravagant when you look at how some of the other stars live. Her business ventures? Well, they're kind of cute. In 2016, Scarlett opened a popcorn store in Paris.

"It has been a dream of mine and my family for several years to bring our favorite American snack to our favorite European city," she told The Daily Mail. Hard to say whether customers were there for the food or the actress, but either way, they had truffle, Parmesan, and sage flavors.

3 MARK MY WORDS, I WILL CONQUER

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Long before she even had a GED to her name, this little girl was walking around with a whole lot of determination. Alongside her twin brother, Hunter, ScarJo was born in 1984 to an architect dad and a manager mom. Manhattan Professional Children's School is where this kid spent her childhood, and that school doesn't deliver losers. Notable alumni include Sarah Michelle Gellar, Julia Stiles, and Leighton Meester. Scarlett's classmate and high school sweetheart was none other than Taylor Swift's producer (and Lena Dunham's ex), Jack Antonoff.

The cameras started rolling young for ScarJo – at eight years of age, to be precise. Her first on-screen appearance was a skit on Late Night With Conan O'Brien in 1993. That gave ScarJo just under ten years to overcome her pathological fear of bugs before starring in Eight Legged Freaks. Cockroaches and birds are ScarJo's biggest fears. "Something about the wings and beaks and the flapping," she told Page Six. "I'm terrified of them."

So what did this plucky chicken do? Why, she walked straight into the set of We Bought A Zoo. While Matt Damon has a fear of snakes (and cried when he had to get near one on-set), Scarlett dipped her toes in uncharted waters – with the birds. "They're like, mean," she said about the producers.

2 PETAL POWER

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This is so Scarlett, it hurts. Actresses have been doing photo shoots since the camera existed. Most of these photoshoots show the celebrity in question spread across some velour chaise longue, dressed head-to-toe in designer clothing, and Photoshopped within an inch of their life. While Scarlett was nowhere near the superstar she is now in this shot, she was already pretty established. In a way, this is the "anti-Hollywood" picture. Blemishes haven't been edited out. She isn't promoting some product she has absolutely no association with. Scarlett is just being herself.

"There are certain things I see that I think, 'God, I would love to wear that if I wasn’t recognizable.' I think if I was just an anonymous person I would probably have a much more exciting day-to-day wardrobe," Scarlett told Bustle.

You'll see that in her street style, but even that doesn't come without the signature "Scarlett edge." Rocking leather jackets, glasses, and punk-esque hair is something Scarlett is doing more successfully than Miley Cyrus – who, let's be clear, will never be cast in the MCU. "I'm very comfortable with my body," Scarlett told Breaking News. "Well, sometimes I'm not comfortable with my face, but it's stuck there and there's nothing I can do about it." Not comfortable with her face? Is she literally on another planet?

1 WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

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There's a slight irony to this shot from Scarlett's early Lost In Translation days. Here she is standing at the window of her Tokyo hotel room, wondering exactly what the point of her life is – how the tables have turned. As her face fills every movie theater, the most famous actress in Hollywood knows exactly where she's going. Marvel fans are still somewhat losing their minds over the announcement that a standalone Black Widow movie is in the works, but in true ScarJo style, this movie will be on her terms.

"I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I talked to Marvel about it often. I'm invested in that character," Scarlett told Movie Web. "I still wanted to wear a skin-tight cat suit. I don't know how much longer that's going to be."

Please. This actress pulls her own stunts and was pregnant during one of the Avengers movies. Scarlett is going to handle this just fine. It's the fans we're more worried about.

It's unlikely you clicked on this article if you're not already a huge ScarJo fan. Now it's over to you. Hit share on Facebook for whichever of your friends will love you forever for having shared this with them. Natasha Romanova is bowing out for now, but not for long.

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