Agent Natasha Romanov, Black Widow, S.H.E.I.L.D
I didn’t grow up reading comic books. Wish I had. My experiences with super heroes came form the televised versions of The Super Friends Saturday morning cartoon, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Batman and the Superman Movies with Christopher Reeve. They were awesome and I never realized just how deep their past went. I never knew there was an entire universe of super heroes. It wasn’t until I started teaching digital art and had a student who introdcued me to the fabulous art of Joe Quesada and the Kuberts that I really began to understand. I read the Death of Captain America and was introduced to Natasha Romanov. I have to admit at first I read it because of the artwork. But, then I liked the story and became interested. It wasn’t until Ironman 2 that I realized they were the same character. I didn’t like her that much in that movie. I think it was mostly because she seemed to be there to tempt Tony Stark. And dammit he belongs with Pepper. (The chemistry between the two of them is fan-tab-ulous, BTW) So, I ignored her.
Until the Avengers.
She is one badass chick.
Why all of a sudden did I like her? I think it was because she showed her vulnerability. Of course, she kicked ass and took names, but there were moments when her fear got the best of her. There are moments where we see her as a badass agent, gathering intel through an interrogation technique of being captured. We see her nervously retrieve Dr. Banner, the Hulk, with trepidation and concern that he may turn into the beast. And we see her use her vulnerability to get info from the Big Bad. But, what really got me was the friendship and connection she has to her partner, Hawkeye, Clint Barton. They have history. While I’m not sure what the Marval canon is, in the movie, they have been partner’s for years, working ops together.
She understands him, calms him and grounds him. He supports her, understands her and respects her. Now, is there something more there? Because I’m always looking for that shipper angle, there very well could be. Right now, it’s set up that they have a very close, almost symbiotic relationship. But as us romance writers know, that can easily be tipped in the non-platonic direction. There are a few moments of prolonged eye contact and a nice scene where they have a deeply supportive conversation as he recovers from an incident that took him away from her. There is a distinct connection between them and let’s face it, Jeremy Renner is a hottie. I’d be friends with him too!
That said, let’s look at her badass ability. What’s really cool is that she’s a regular human – no super powers. She’s just highly trained. She’s a skilled fighter. She’s athletic, uses gymnastics in her fighting style, and kicks grotesque alien butt, multiple attackers at time. She carries a gun, a pistol and sometimes shoots two at a time. She’s exceptionally good at espionage and getting intelligence. And, we can’t forget that she wears a skin tight black leather suit and boots. With thigh holsters. Sweet. Signed, sealed and delivered – Total Badass.
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