I may always reblog every gifset/imageset I see of this scene, if only to point out (over and over and over again) that Black Widow’s “very specific skillset” is not, actually, ass-kicking (as amazing as she is at that), because all the Avengers can kick ass to a pretty high degree. The Black Widow’s superpower (as it were) is emotional manipulation.
She is not interrogating this man not while tied to a chair. She is tied to a chair because that is exactly where she wants to be, because apparent vulnerability on her part is part of her interrogation. She uses the exact same trick on Loki later, when she leads him into gloating over having successfully pushed her buttons (and I have a theory that he did actually push her buttons, that she was genuinely distressed by the things he said to her because Loki is old enough and smart enough to know when someone is lying to him) and turns his gloating around on him, uses it to dig into the cracks of him, because that is what she does, and she can do it even when her target is expecting it. (Really, Loki knows that’s why she’s there. He was expecting to be physically tortured first, and for her to come be sympathetic later, if you recall, but Loki and Widow both know that wouldn’t work.)
And this is why she’s so unsettled by the Hulk. The Black Widow relies on emotional manipulation — and the Hulk, to the best of her knowledge, only has varying shades of a single emotion: anger. She doesn’t know how to manipulate a creature if it doesn’t have all the hooks to emotions like pride and lust and guilt and greed that she’s used to using.
This is a REALLY good character analysis of Natasha.
natasha romanoff + tumblr wanting a black widow movie.
#this movie did so right by her
Anyone who dismisses her as eye candy didn’t watch the same movie I did, and ought to go sit in a corner and think about their misogyny.
I mean, god, it’s the little things. That “who do you want me to be?” she asks Steve while they’re in the car is just so raw. This is a woman whose entire life has been defined by ‘who do you want me to be?’ and so she falls back on it because she has nothing else left. And Steve doesn’t buy into the trap and just says “how about a friend?”
And god, her face when she thought Nick Fury was dying. The sheer level of silent devastation she’s trying not to show and failing.
I just cannot get seeing this moving and not seeing Natasha. Because if you just dismiss her as eye candy, that’s what you’re doing (I’m looking at you, several male reviewers).
Today’s list of standout Natasha moments (it varies):
- Reaction to Nick’s death.
- Reaction to NIck’s not being dead (she looks so wounded under the physical pain and confusion).
- Suiting up and infiltrating the WSC meeting with Pierce with a gunshot wound to her shoulder.
- Speaking of that, saving their asses shortly after getting said GSW, using a heavy piece of equipment even while she could barely stand.
- Using the widow’s bite on herself.
- That moment where she pauses to gird her emotional loins before she respond’s to Pierce’s jab about the world seeing her as she is (which it wouldn’t, because of course who she is and how she is is not what she’s done).
- The steely-eyed, contained anger bubble gum snap. (Most bad-ass use of bubble gum ever.)
#scarlett johansson is a remarkably pretty woman#and it continues to piss me off that basically as soon as she turned 18#that was all reviewers could see about her#even though by that age she’d already proven herself to be a damn good actress as well#and it’s not like her talent had an expiration date#the moment she was a legal adult
“It was so many hours of me riding him like a mechanical bull”
More than anything, I think that the relationship between Cap and Widow is one that becomes a friendship and that is way more interesting than a romantic relationship. We don’t really know yet if she’s really even capable of that. Black Widow has so many trust issues that the last thing on her mind is like, “Man, I wish I had a boyfriend.” Steve Rogers is an attractive guy but I think she’s learning how to be herself —whoever herself is. This friendship is the catalyst that helps her to understand other events with Fury and helps her to understand what she wants because she’s probably never really asked herself that. That’s what we see more of developing; between the two of them is a friendship that allows her to be self-reflective.
Scarlett Johansson’s response to a question about “a hint at a romance” between Natasha & Steve in CA:TWS [X
] (via chujo-hime
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You know what’s just as important as creating new female characters and giving them their own books? Making sure there are multiple female-fronted comics available at one time. It’s all well and good to have The Flagship Female Superhero With Her Own Book!!! but if she’s alone as a female protagonist, she always ends up being The Girl. And The Girl stands for womanhood as a whole, and as such can never mess up, can never express an opinion, can never gain any true nuance because everything she does symbolizes half the population and even those willing to stick through some rough writing can only endure that for so long. The Girl is pretty much always boring, and if you’re not super into her for any reason, hey, there goes any hope you had of enjoying a female-fronted book. When she gets cancelled everyone throws up their hands and says, “well, women just don’t sell! Oops! Give me ten more Avengers Adjective vs. Ultra Force pronto!”
So look at this. Look at Marvel releasing four—four!—new female-fronted titles. They could have pointed to Brian Wood’s all-woman X-Men and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel and protested that that was totally enough, but they didn’t. Nor did they point to the cancellations of Sif’s Journey into Mystery title and the all-woman Fearless Defenders as cause to neglect female-heavy titles. No—Marvel Now stage two’s most trumpeted releases are Ms. Marvel, Elektra, Black Widow and She-Hulk.
So the pressure is off, and creativity can blossom. Ms. Marvel can be about a sweet, slightly naive, enthusiastic girl dealing with friends, fanfic and all that comes with being a teenage Muslim girl in New Jersey. She-Hulk can be about a woman who loves being a lawyer, fighting bad guys and maybe doing a few shots and going home with that cute newbie in the teal unitard. Black Widow can be about a repentant spy working in the shadows of geopolitics. Captain Marvel can be about a stubborn badass with a penchant for competition. I can look forward to the not-yet-released Elektra and not feel that sharp twist in my gut telling me to worry because what if it’s bad? We won’t get another chance in years. What if it’s boring? What if it flops?
I’ve been more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan for years, but goddamn, this is so exciting. It’s just a step—but it’s such a damn fine step in the right direction.
Look at the first gif. That’s Natasha Romanov, master assassin, who just went toe-to-toe with the Hulk and lived. She’s just been told her partner in crime needs to be taken out.
Look at the second gif. That’s Natasha Romanov, master of the murder game, and she’s preparing to take out one of the only people in the world that she’s close to.
Look at the third gif. That’s Agent Romanov, legend of the criminal underworld, and she’s started putting together everything she knows about her target, every weakness she can exploit, every way she could get the upper hand.
Look at the fourth gif. That’s the Black Widow, the woman that makes Mob Bosses wet the bed, who haunts the nightmares of every damn low-life in the crime circle, and she motherfucking copies.
a reason I love this scene so much is because she was /scared/ of the hulk, like any sane human would be. and she was never portrayed as weaker for being scared, and she fought past it like an actual character. and that’s what I really love: it was a dimension, not just the one dimensional “strong” women characters that we’ve been getting (not that they’re all bad. Zoe, man) that are never ever allowed to be both scared and fucking badass and capable. and we need more characters that can be both, or badass and mourning, or badass but still feminine (stereotypically). because that shows females watching this that yes, you can be scared out of your fucking mind and still be someone who is capable enough to be the best in the world.
Everything about this.