Black Widow was a movie Marvel fans had been asking for for years but we ultimately thought we would never get it. We finally did get it…but it was after already knowing that Natasha Romanoff dies in Endgame, souring the prospect of her film because we knew the outcome wouldn’t lead to more movies featuring her. Her movie was only going to be a puzzle piece to her overall story.
So did I expect the movie to be good, yeah, but did I expect it to be great, not really. To my elation, it was great.
It’s happening folks. Black Widow eve is finally upon us. It’s taken us years to get to this point but…now we’re here. I’m trying to distract myself and stay relatively calm but I know the excitement is definitely going to hit me when I’m sitting in that theater with my popcorn, candy, and soda as the commercials play onscreen.
And then the trailers will play…and then the actual movie will start and I’m hoping on the other side of those two hours and fourteen minutes I come out of that movie very, very elated and ready to see it a second time.
Are you going to be seeing Black Widow this opening weekend? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
It’s three days until I will get the chance to see Black Widow, the first Marvel movie I will have seen in theaters since Endgame over two years ago, and I am ecstatic.
In preparation for the movie I did a Marvel movie marathon where I watched every film that featured Black Widow. It took two days to complete and it was pretty fun but what was most fascinating is watching the writers evolve Natasha Romanoff from this flirty eye-candy broad in a tight black suit to a bad*** leader and a true hero.
In Iron Man 2 she, of course, was sexualized the most as Tony ogled at her and she flirted with him in turn. In The Avengers while she thankfully wasn’t forced to have a romance with anyone, namely Hawkeye, she was still forced to be sexualized at the beginning of the movie. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier she’s practically flirting with Steve Rogers the whole movie, even kissing him when they have to evade HYDRA which is warranted but wasn’t totally necessary. And in Avengers: Age of Ultron Whedon came out of left field and bombarded Black Widow with this romance with Bruce Banner that nobody saw coming but kind of made sense? The movie gives us the best idea of her haunting past in the Red Room, including letting us know that she was sterilized. It’s a terrible piece of information that gives her character so much more depth but Whedon ruins the moment by comparing her sterilization to being a monster. Ugh.
And so, that’s her story in those four films. Then she returns in Captain America: Civil War and suddenly she’s a totally different person.
Another day has passed and that means we’re getting closer and closer to the big day! Here’s to celebrating more Black Widow awesomeness.
The Face Mask Trick
Remember that one time Natasha Romanoff went complete Mission: Impossible on everyone by impersonating this S.H.I.E.L.D lady, infiltrating Secretary Pierce’s secret bad guy meeting, and crashing the party?
I remember seeing that scene for the first time and being so shocked when that “old lady” went to town on everyone only for it to be revealed that it was Black Widow all along.
It was another one of those moments where we got to see her spy skills tested and highlighted in a really fun way.
Nine days from now I will be seeing a Marvel movie for the first time in two years. No, this isn’t a highly-anticipated series that’s going to run for six weeks and leave us clamoring for more answers every week. It’s one two hour and fourteen minute film and that’s it. It’s an exciting prospect.
So, in anticipation for the 24th movie in the MCU, here’s some more Black Widow appreciation. First up, I share another favorite Black Widow moment. Enjoy!
Black Widow’s Entrance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the movie that turned me into a Black Widow fan. This film shined a light on her story that hadn’t been shone before and it made me empathize with her character and want to know (and see) more.
But it was this scene that I remember bringing a smile to my face. Steve Rogers is beginning to forge a new friendship with future Cap, Sam Wilson, when Natasha Romanoff drives up in a sleek, low to the ground, black Corvette, looking like the ultimate spy that she is. Then she does something that she ultimately never does again in the MCU; she tells a joke: “Hey fellas. Does anyone know where the Smithsonian is? I’m here to pick up a fossil.”
In that one moment we learn two things: A) she likes to drive in style and B) she’s actually a laid-back person if you get to know her, which shows how comfortable she had gotten with Steve Rogers. It was a wonderful moment that I thought was perfect to highlight today.
Oh my goodness, it’s almost time. Ten days away from the film we’ve been waiting years for. Ten days until all of the tv spots and trailers culminate into one complete movie that will either be decent like Captain Marvel, good like Doctor Strange, or great like Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
In anticipation for the film, I will be sharing my favorite Black Widow moments, the evolution of her outfits over the years and style over the years, a look at the posters for her standalone film, and even some incredible fan art along the way. Enjoy!
The First Time I Realized I Liked Black Widow
When I first saw Black Widow it was for a brief moment in Iron Man 2. I remember watching her first action scene in that film (you know the one where she defeats all the bad guys in the hallway) and I wasn’t a fan. But, it was Scarlett Johansson’s first time playing a superhero and you could tell she wasn’t entirely used to the action star persona.
Two years later in The Avengers you could already tell that she had grown much more comfortable with the character and was beginning to hone Black Widow. But it wasn’t until this scene opposite Loki that I began to understand there was more to Black Widow than just a pretty face.
We learn that she’s had a very dark past as a Russian spy and that it was Clint Barton that decided to give her a second chance, hence her strong bond with him. But above all, we see her trick Loki, a man who thinks he’s so smart, into revealing his plan to unleash the Hulk.
She’s not just a woman who kicks butt and looks pretty doing it, more importantly she’s very smart, and it was there and then that my love for Black Widow began.