(Source: manticoreimaginary)As egos collide, Black Widow—street name, Natasha Romanova—is the only character who does not throw a monstrous hissyfit. The only character to gather actionable intelligence against Loki from Loki. The character who not only literally kicks sense back into the brainwashed Hawkeye, but then absolves him of any sins performed while under the loony god’s spell. You want fearless? When midtown Manhattan is swarming with thousands of robo-aliens, the dreaded Chitauri, Black Widow commandeers one of their slippery aero-sleds and flies it to steal Loki’s glowing phallic scimitar so as to save the world so Iron Man can blow up the aliens.
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.
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)
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.