"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 brambleberrycottage)

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Whatever Happened to Yelena Belova?


Bixby: Wait…that’s it? You didn’t even tell me your name. Who are you?
Yelena: I’m the Black Widow.

Yelena Belova came into comics in 1999, after a decade of pouches and ediger, contemporary replacement heroes. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the miniseries which crashed Yelena to Natasha also returned her to the 1970 all-blacks and half-bouffant, after near to two decades of short, angular hairstyles. Yelena had her middriff bare, Yelena used rifles instead of gadgets, Yelena was very 1999. She was also post-Soviet, young and hungry. Natasha was getting older, getting old; that 1999 mini saw her pass a birthday unremarked and unremembered. It also gave her an archfoe, something she hadn’t had for a while.

Yelena Belova was all these hard worn comic book trope: the edgy nineties replacement, the dark mirror. But because she was the Black Widow, none of that was colored in binaries. Natasha didn’t want to defend her codename— she wanted to save Yelena from it. Yelena wasn’t only the villain— she was also the wronged.

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"Natasha plays the dating game with Steve but never makes herself a contestant. She flirts because that hooks at Steve’s vulnerabilities, and Natasha needs to look for vulnerabilities. She latches onto his loneliness because it covers up her own. And that loneliness is her own, a legacy of some unspoken past; it can’t be kissed better by some gallant-eyed prince charming. Her resolution is no romantic comedy."

Fuck Yeah Black Widow from this post. (via regimes-fall)

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Based on this post, I finally managed to finish my first fan comic for Captain America.

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Natasha: Your strength is to be commended, for one so large! But it is hardly a match for that of… the Black Widow!Lackey: Don’t worry, Don! I got her!Natasha: You mean… you had her!

From Amazing Adventures #3, by Gary Friedrich and Gene Colan.


Natasha: Your strength is to be commended, for one so large! But it is hardly a match for that of… the Black Widow!
Lackey: Don’t worry, Don! I got her!
Natasha: You mean… you had her!

From Amazing Adventures #3, by Gary Friedrich and Gene Colan.

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One thing that I actually think CA: TWS did really well, which— taken in isolation from my issues with the movie— is encouraging, is representation of women. I don’t mean in numbers— it’s nice that there 3 female heroic characters, but they’re still essentially sidekicks in this narrative— but in the way the female characters are represented.

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A Semi-Accurate Timeline of Natalia Romanova, Pre-Defection


As pieced together by me from all the retcons. Will add citations for each of these events later. The dates preceded by asteriks are conjecture; the ones without are dates which are officially given in comics.

1928 (Birth) – Natalia Alianovna Romanova is born in Stalingrad, USSR
1928-1930 (age 0-2) – Natalia is orphaned as a toddler; adopted by Ivan Petrovitch Bezukhov
1938 (age 10) – Ivan leaves for war; Natalia recruited for Romanoff’s Spy Academy; brainwashed to believe Taras Romanoff is her father and forget Ivan. Meets Logan (Wolverine) and befriends him.
1941 (age 13) – Kidnapped by the Hand, taken to Genosha, rescued by Wolverine, Captain America, and Ivan. Later that year, she is given a mission to kill Wolverine, who was given a mission to kill Taras Romanoff. She allows him to kill her ‘father’, and disappears into the woods.
*1942 (age 14) – Found in wilderness by Ivan and his unit of soldiers, who she joins.
1944 (age 16) – ‘marries’ Nikolai, a soldier in her unit, while serving together; becomes pregnant with his child. Nikolai dies in the war, and the baby is stillborn.
*1945 (age 17) – Recruited to the Black Widow Ops program. Given treatments that enhance her physiology, but make her unable to have children.
*1945-1956 (age 17-28) – At some point during her training in the Red Room, meets the Winter Soldier and begins a clandestine relationship with him.
1956 (age 28) - She and Ivan are beaten badly in Berlin. With Ivan near death, both were given the gift of a life-prolonging chemical from the Winter Soldier; her aging is nearly halted at this point.
1958 (age 30) –  Forced to break off her relationship with the Winter Soldier and marry Alexi Shostakov; brainwashed to believe she is a ballerina with the Bolshoi, covering her entire history to this point with happy, false memories and repressing her spy training.
*1961 (age 33) – The Kremlin fake the death of her husband, predicting (correctly) that she will offer to serve her country in honor of his memory; she begins spy training anew, and takes to it easily due to her repressed memories.

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One of the very few ~spoilers I heard before I saw this movie was that in terms of storytelling tropes, Sam Wilson’s role was very similar to that of a love interest. And you know what? It totally was.

imageRight from Sam’s introduction at the beginning of the movie, he’s instantly characterised as an appealing and fundamentally ~good character. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to describe that park scene as a “meet cute,” with Steve being so drawn to Sam that he has to befriend him, and Sam being so open and receptive that he invites Steve to come visit him where he works. On their second meeting, Steve is impressed by Sam’s work as a counsellor for military veterans, and Sam and Steve almost immediately open up to each other about intensely personal aspects of their life: the death of Sam’s best friend, and Steve’s uncertainty about his life in the 21st century. This exchange has such an impact on both of them that Steve feels able to show up on Sam’s doorstep as a fugitive, and Sam is willing to risk his life to fight alongside him. The film ends with the implication that Sam is going to quit his job to go help Steve track down the Winter Soldier.


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Kevin Feige’s is undoubtedly a genius, and his handling of the Marvel Studios movies will go down as legendary. The guy’s done so much good, including picking so many great people to create these films and execute their vision. Hats off to him forever!

But yeah, his wavering back and forth on Black Widow’s viability as a solo star is annoying. Sometimes he’s all for it (which leads to things like the IMDB posting) and sometimes he says she’s been in too many movies and someone else should get a turn. And if he wanted it, it would happen. “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Doctor Strange” got pushed through or are getting pushed through because Feige’s been talking about them nonstop in almost every interview for the past six years. Seriously. 

It’s quicksand logic: we can’t have Carol Danvers, or Jessica or Monica or Jennifer, because those characters remain unknowns, too much budget for someone too few have heard of. But when Marvel spends its time building Natasha up and giving her real profile, it’s someone else’s turn for the spotlight. Even though no female-led superfilm has yet been announced. Even though Natasha hasn’t made it to the spotlight.

The reason Marvel Studios hasn’t made a female-led film isn’t because no one’s popular enough and Natasha is too popular, it’s because they’ve chosen to spend time and energy and money developing properties like Doctor Strange and Ant-Man instead of Captain Marvel and Black Widow.

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