Scarlett Johansson: Beware The Black Widow's Sting

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Black widows are notorious for being among the most dangerous spiders on Earth, not only to humans, but also to their male counterparts, whom they frequently eat after mating. And now we know why they are so militant when it comes to their gender politics: They're just trying to strike a blow for girl power.

At least, assuming the Black Widow in question is Scarlett Johansson, as ShowbizSpy is reporting that the fiery-haired actress is taking a stand for equality on the set of the upcoming superhero blockbuster "The Avengers." Watch out, Thor!

Of course, the likelihood of Johansson actually eating anyone, even someone as yummy as co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans, is pretty remote. But one thing is clear: Johansson doesn't want to just be eye candy, she wants to be thrashing evil right alongside her male -- and superpowered -- companions.

"Scarlett is making a point of not being the token woman in the movie," the report states. "She has had extra action scenes already but is still wanting more. She’s also been very reluctant to have her character be a love interest for the male heroes. Scarlett wants Black Widow to be on a level with the guys if not even more super!"

Of course, the Black Widow technically doesn't have any super powers, but we know what she's getting at. Honestly, though, we can't imagine that this is actually an issue; "The Avengers," after all, is being directed by Joss Whedon, who pretty much is the standard bearer for girls kicking ass. We're guessing that with Whedon in charge, it's more likely that Johansson's male co-stars are the ones who need to beg for some on-screen equality.

But if she gets her way, that's cool too. After all, "Black Widow and the Avengers" does have a certain ring to it.