everyworldneedslove:

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.

To address what I bolded, one of the reason I loved lettered’s Avengers fanfics is for that little exchange between Banner and Natasha when he asked if she was really afraid and she answers “I’m always afraid.”

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caroljessie:

black widow: the name of the rose; quotes

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sendthewolves:

This panel from Black Widow: The Name of the Rose is my new favourite thing ever. Look at Natasha: JUST TENDING TO MY OWN WOUNDS AND DRINKING A CUP OF TEA IN FRONT OF MY BADASS GUN STASH, NO BIG DEAL.

sendthewolves:

This panel from Black Widow: The Name of the Rose is my new favourite thing ever. Look at Natasha: JUST TENDING TO MY OWN WOUNDS AND DRINKING A CUP OF TEA IN FRONT OF MY BADASS GUN STASH, NO BIG DEAL.

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emmatops said: Hi! I was wondering if you know what Rooskaya means?

fuckyeahblackwidow:

Rooskaya (русская) means Russian. It’s the feminine form of the adjective. When Yelena first confronts Natasha, she’s full of patriot identities:

My name is Yelena Belova. And I am a student from the Red Room in Moscow. You remember it, then? Yes, I thought you would. And yes, it is still active. You are its greatest legend, Natalia Romanova, even though you are no longer truly Russian.

Natasha calls Yelena rooskaya because Yelena says that Natasha is not.

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

rosescarletfairy:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

superdames:

Yeah, women are worthy.

  • Jane Foster in What If? #10 (1978)
  • Storm in X-Men Annual #9 (1985)
  • Rogue in What If? #66 (1994)
  • Wonder Woman in DC Versus Marvel #3 (1996)
  • Black Widow in What If: Age of Ultron #3 (2014)

"I remember a Norwegina girl from Nursing School…"

There is a 100% probability that Jane Foster just totally named herself after one of her old lovers…

I accept this!

Canon queer Jane Foster is a thing that I desire with all my heart :D

Being a cutie

Getting romanced by Sif and being precious girlfriends with her…

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"One of the interesting things about Black Widow is that she’s one of the only members of the group without either superpowers or a technical marvel of a suit. She’s just herself, a kick-a** assassin. When asked if she would ever want to find a way to manufacture a kind of superpower, to join the team at that level, Johansson said that Widow’s devious mind is actually her greatest asset.

"Oh, man… I think her greatest attribute is that she’s — I don’t want to say she has a criminal mind, but she does in a way," Johansson said. "She’s a super spy. Her ability to understand the complexity of the criminal mind, she uses that to her advantage. She’s often the one that’s going, ‘Right, you think it’s this way, but if you think about it from this person’s perspective, this might be the answer.’ She’s always using her experience in her sordid past to her advantage. I don’t think there’s any super suit that could supersede that for her. I think what she lends to the team — she let’s everyone else play with their big toys. And she gets some pretty good toys too, especially in Avengers 2 — I can’t complain. [Laughs]"

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comicsriot:

Okay, it’s my turn to do one of those classic Tumblr posts where I reblog somebody else’s movie gifs and add a, “let’s talk about this scene, though.”

Let’s talk about this scene, though. This little exchange about the bikini is one of the moments that stuck with me the most from The Winter Soldier, in terms of characterizing Natasha, as well as Steve’s relationship with her.

So we learn that Natasha has a small but grisly-looking bullet scar on her abdomen. She points out that it keeps her from wearing a bikini.

What Steve hears her say is that she’s self-conscious about how she’d look in a bikini because of a scar. So his reaction is basically to say, “Whatever, girl. You still look great.” He’s not even flirting, he’s just saying, “That’s ridiculous.”

But he’s hearing her wrong. It’s not that Natasha doesn’t wear bikinis because she’s embarrassed by her scar, or self-conscious of its ugliness. Natasha doesn’t wear bikinis because she doesn’t want anyone around the pool or at the beach to know that she’s the sort of person who acquires bullet scars.

Think about it: Whether it’s an undercover mission or R&R, any situation where the Black Widow wears a swimsuit is going to be one in which she prefers everyone to see her as just some anonymous hot girl. Because if somebody else is around with the same training she has, they’re going to be scanning the area for anyone who looks dangerous. And part of Natasha’s job- part of what keeps Natasha alive- is not showing up on their radar.

I like to think that later Steve put this together, or she explained it to him. RIght now, though, they have more pressing concerns, like Steve’s one-armed ex-boyfriend who put the scar there in the first place.

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wrecked-anon:

There are only two rules in Avengers Tower that every Avenger follows:

  1. Do not fuck with Natasha while she is reading.
  2. Do not tell Natasha that her feet are cute. She can kill you with them.

Limited color palette #7 for the incomparable rngrn.

High-res here.

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Tags: Black Widow

fuckyeahblackwidow:


I was given a second chance. I was more than a butcher. But this is my house.Lobo: What are you doing?Natasha: Some housecleaning.Lobo: Ack!

I was talking some, somewhere else, about how Natasha thinks she’s a little bit above the rules, something that comes to play here in Black Widow #3. Natasha compares herself to Lobo here and decides that she is worth saving, and he isn’t. She tanks her mission last-minute because can’t be responsible for giving a butcher back his freedom and his knife drawer.
Natasha’s stories are full of ignoring Fury’s orders and doing things her own way, it is a common trope in spy fiction— fictional spies usually don’t have a slavish devotion to authority because their work requires them to operate outside the normal boundaries of society and morality. A good agent needs to be able to think outside the mission, and Natasha needs to know when the mission is not worth doing. I mean, she is an Avenger and a spy, which is kind of a contradiction in terms. Like I said: the rules don’t apply.
There is some criticism of the current volume and how often Natasha seems to get blindsided, how often her missions drift south and how she doesn’t have contingencies wrapped in contingencies. And I agree, to a certain point— I would like to see her win. I am biased. But Natasha isn’t a good agent because she can follow directions to the letter, she is the best agent because she knows when she shouldn’t. She has back up: safehouses, extraction plans. She never gets blown away.
From Black Widow #3, by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto.

fuckyeahblackwidow:

I was given a second chance. I was more than a butcher. But this is my house.
Lobo: What are you doing?
Natasha: Some housecleaning.
Lobo: Ack!

I was talking some, somewhere else, about how Natasha thinks she’s a little bit above the rules, something that comes to play here in Black Widow #3. Natasha compares herself to Lobo here and decides that she is worth saving, and he isn’t. She tanks her mission last-minute because can’t be responsible for giving a butcher back his freedom and his knife drawer.

Natasha’s stories are full of ignoring Fury’s orders and doing things her own way, it is a common trope in spy fiction— fictional spies usually don’t have a slavish devotion to authority because their work requires them to operate outside the normal boundaries of society and morality. A good agent needs to be able to think outside the mission, and Natasha needs to know when the mission is not worth doing. I mean, she is an Avenger and a spy, which is kind of a contradiction in terms. Like I said: the rules don’t apply.

There is some criticism of the current volume and how often Natasha seems to get blindsided, how often her missions drift south and how she doesn’t have contingencies wrapped in contingencies. And I agree, to a certain point— I would like to see her win. I am biased. But Natasha isn’t a good agent because she can follow directions to the letter, she is the best agent because she knows when she shouldn’t. She has back up: safehouses, extraction plans. She never gets blown away.

From Black Widow #3, by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto.

Make me choose:  ninaharvelle asked →Darcy/Jane or Pepper/Natasha?

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