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

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.

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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.

Exaggerated... full length 'Black Widow' poster (Credit: Disney)

“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.

[Movie poster photoshop fails]

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

Scarlett Johansson looks ridiculously photoshop-ed in the Captain America poster. This makes me really angry >:( pic.twitter.com/0ofrvpm2F0

— Cath (@Caffin9) January 30, 2014

So has anyone else seen the poster with Scarlett Johansson for Captain America 2? Because her waist is shopped smaller than her head #TooFar

— Ross Murphy (@RossdMurphy) January 30, 2014

Seriously though. Scarlett Johansson is already curvy. There is zero need to photoshop more curves. None.

— Shades of Limelight (@CertainshadesL) January 30, 2014

While I'm happy that Black Widow gets her own poster for Winter Soldier, was it really necessary to photoshop her waist THAT small?

— レイでござる (@quidditch) January 30, 2014

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

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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.

See below for some more notorious airbrushed movie posters.

Slimmed down... Melissa McCarthy was slimmed down in The Heat UK poster (Credit:  20th Century Fox)


Digital boob job… Knightley had breasts enlarged on King Arthur poster (Credit: Buena Vista Pictures) 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.

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.

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.

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