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The Black Widow VS The Love Interest



Do you guys love Scarlet Johansson? Well, you should. As someone who has been outspoken about the roles women are confined to in Hollywood, it’s refreshing to see her living up to her words. That’s not a dig on the women still taking those roles, but rather a high-five to someone who has earned herself enough celeb status to where she can start being very affirmative with her acting choices.
So, uh, Black Widow. Am I right?
I saw The Winter Soldier over the weekend. Before I went, I told myself I’d write a review on the film, but after leaving the theater, I decided that wasn’t my best route. I mean, I loved the movie. Like, I was actively participating in the movie with gasps and nods and laughs and sweaty palms. The Russo brothers did such a good job with dialogue and character building that I’m weeping as I write this. Help me.
I had a lot of faith in Cap 2 because of them. I mean, I’d be a lot happier if Marvel was hiring more women writers for the movie-verse, but at least the Russo bros have a pretty strong record with Community. (If you haven’t seen Community, I highly recommend it. It’s fallen a bit in the seasons with a lot of production drama, but it has this phenomenal blend of funny and really, really emotionally accurate, which is something I saw unfolding in Cap 2.) 
If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m going to try to avoid spoilers, but I really encourage you to go. Go! Now! Marvel has been stepping up their game with diversity, and although this movie doesn’t necessarily break down Hollywood barriers, there is a nice shift from white dudes to white dude (singular!) and white women and some men of color. There’s still a glaring lack of women of color, but Guardians of the Galaxy is coming up soon, and I’m hoping there’s a quick escalation as we grow to stories outside of the classic heroes.
Like Black Widow!
So, uh, spoiler alert: Captain America 2 doesn’t have a love interest. There’s flirting abound between Black Widow and Captain America and Black Widow and Falcon (but, sadly, no Cap/Falcon, though I think there’s enough there to write some fanfics), but that flirting never solidifies into anything. 
The short story? Captain America is a morally rigid dude, and Black Widow is not. He’s not going to compromise his morals to be with someone who is constantly lying, and she’s not in the business of lasting relationships.
Since the beginning of time (give or take), the number of action movies with a sexi, muscular man taking a woman as his prize after accomplishing x task is, well… Endless. Interestingly enough, to look back at Captain America, Steve Rogers never really “gets” Peggy as a reward. Their romance is very short-lived since he becomes a Capsicle at the movie’s end.
In a way, it’s fascinating: Captain America represents the “perfect American” — he’s not as patriotic as you would think, what with the red, white, and blue spandex. But he has really concrete ideas with morality, and America is consistently letting him down. In a similar way, he’s a dude from the Good Ol’ Days, but he doesn’t see women as objects or prizes, because the ideal American man wouldn’t be a sexist douchebag. How novel!
Because of this, our character is allowed to form a personal relationship with a woman: Black Widow. She comes as a breath of fresh air after Thor: The Dark World, the last Marvel movie, in which Jane Foster does a lot of fainting and a lot of worrying and a lot of not being strong in any sense of the word. 
Although Iron Man 3, the first movie in Phase II (right?) had Pepper Potts WHO RULES, it’s nice to see a heroine who is so independent from the main, male character. That being said, Pepper is a perfect angel and she’s wonderful and there’s nothing bad about her at all.
But Black Widow is the first character who exists in the Marvel Movie ‘Verse whose existence doesn’t circulate around a male character. Even Maria Hill, the HIMYM graduate with A+ gun skills, wouldn’t be much of anything outside of “Fury’s Right Hand Man.” 
The cool thing about Black Widow is that she still has very sincere relationships with men — she seems to genuinely care about Nick Fury, and I’m hoping that we chip away their back stories to find a sort of Mako Mori and Stacker Pentecost backstory. But Black Widow is, first and foremost, a spy. She makes that clear several times throughout the story. Although she made it clear in Avengers that she wants to atone for her actions in the past, she’s doing that in largely her own way.
Nat is funny and smart and extremely capable. There are times, yes, when Cap has to rescue her, but it’s made very clear that this doesn’t have to do with her gender, but rather his superhuman strength and resilience. She cracks jokes and thinks Cap and Falcon are hot and cries when she’s frustrated and sad, and she also keeps her own agenda and figures things out very quickly. Like in Avengers, Nat remains a step ahead of the viewer, and for the first time in a long time of watching action movies, I saw a heroine who was — despite being a former Russian child spy — achingly relatable.
And I just think that’s super cool.
So, Marvel still has work to be done. We don’t have a female-led movie yet, and the lack of women of color is glaring. But honestly, Marvel is so quickly responding to these criticisms that I have a lot of faith in the future. And when you hold Marvel up to DC, well… Let’s just say one of them is a progressive and responsive storytelling machine, whereas the other really wants more stories about sad, rich white boys.


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