While Johansson’s first Marvel appearance in Iron Man 2 may have relied somewhat upon sex appeal, this was quickly nixed in favor of characterizing her as the most cerebral Avenger. Her most important scenes in The Avengers relied upon her intelligence and skills as a spy, to the extent that she even managed to outwit Loki, the God of Lies. At the end of the movie, she’s the one who closes the portal that let all the aliens into New York. Then in Winter Soldier she’s given second billing to Captain America, a meaty role that showcases a wide-ranging skillset that stretches far beyond just “kicking ass.” At no point during any of these movies does she seduce anyone, by the way.
Sadly, there’s very little sign of this character in the most easily accessible reviews of both The Avengers and Winter Soldier. Judging by the Guardian, WSJ, or New Yorker, Black Widow is more like a blow-up doll with a black belt. By their logic, if she’s wearing a tight outfit, then she must be a sexy ass-kicker, meaning that she must be the token female character, and therefore is little more than eye candy.
With that thought process in mind, it must make perfect sense to relegate Black Widow to a single sniggering comment about her catsuit, because obviously Scarlett Johansson is just there for decoration. And if you’ve read in the New York Times that Black Widow is a token female character, then chances are you’ll have internalized that opinion before you even buy a ticket. The feedback loop of misogynist preconceptions continues on, and in the end, we all lose out.” — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Every review of Black Widow in ‘Captain America’ is wrong (via fyeahmcublackwidow)
GIVE ME THIS MOVIE, MARVEL. Look, I drew you a poster and everything. Just make it happen. (Tumblr, it’s your task to write the pitch and script.)
you lie and kill in the service of liar and killers. you pretend to be separate. to have your own code. something that makes up for the horrors. but they’re a part of you.
The Avengers storyboards by Jane Wu.
The reveal that Black Widow was playing Loki for information the entire scene turns it all upside-down. I’m not sure people are quite getting that. She tricked Loki. She used his very perception of her as weak (mewling) and vulnerable (woman) to lure him into an arrogant display of critical information. She has the guy’s number. She’s a superspy, this is what she does. The entire conversation with Loki is a direct callback to her first scene, where she quite handily collected information from a group of Russian thugs who were interrogating her. Loki will tell her what she needs to know, but only when he thinks he’s facing an opponent so beneath him that he could reduce her to tears with words.
It’s a misogynist line, delivered by a despicable character. It’s also a key phrase in a scene that’s entirely about why Black Widow is an essential team member and more than capable of matching wits with a very smart and powerful adversary. She’s an incredibly effective spy, and in case the opening scene didn’t convince you of that fact, she just tricked the trickster god himself.” —
This. It doesn’t make what he said any better, and it doesn’t make his assumption any better, or how he treats her - or how she’s treated by the fandom. Fuck’s sake. Black Widow played you all.
Yeah I am pretty surprised by the number of essays mumbling about how this was an awful scene not because THE BAD GUY CALLED HER A MISOGYNIST THING (he is the bad guy I am sure if he’d thought to he’d have said something racist to Nick Fury he is the bad guy) but because it means Joss Whedon is misogynist because he made the Black Widow be emotionally affected by what Loki said and I just kept thinking GUYS DID YOU NOT NOTICE THAT SHE PLAYED HIM. THAT WAS AN ACT. IT WASN’T EVEN A PARTICULARLY SUBTLE REVEAL.
And then I remembered that fandom on the whole, no matter how well-meaning, are dumber than a head-injured labrador puppy and gave up.
YES THIS THIS THIS ALL OF THIS! (via captainboobs)