The Evolution of Black Widow

Black Widow has become one of my favorite superheroes as I’ve followed her story throughout the several films she has appeared in and in every single movie she got cooler and cooler and cooler until now, where she is at her greatest rendition of herself so far. But what did it take to get the character where she is now? What personal obstacles did she have to face to get to Avengers: Infinity War? Well, that’s what I’m about to elaborate on and I’m so excited to share with you her journey from flattering sidekick to the strong leader that she now is. Enjoy!

Iron Man 2 (2010)

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When Black Widow was introduced in Iron Man 2 I had no clue who she was (I’ve never read any of the comics.) To me she was just this sexy assistant/secret agent that was supposed to be so great but I just didn’t like her that much. She felt too pretty and young, I might add, for the role and I just felt that she was utilized into the movie as simply eye candy, nothing more. That idea that she was just eye candy dissipated real fast after her next few movies.

The Avengers (2012)

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When I went to see The Avengers I still didn’t understand her character very much. She was this S.H.I.E.L.D agent who was an Avenger? Really? What made her so special to be an Avenger other than Marvel including her into the superhero group just so there would at least be one woman in the Avengers? Throughout the film she never excited me or made me say, “Yeah, Black Widow!” She was just, yet again, the pretty sidekick who had a bit of story development as I got an idea of the dark past that she had managed to escape with the kind assistance of Hawkeye. It was the next movie that she appeared in that made me start to actually really like Black Widow.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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When she returned two years later in The Winter Soldier I wasn’t super excited to see her but after I came away from that movie I realized, “Wow, Black Widow is kind of really cool.” For the past two movies she had been in she was always in the background. She was there when something needed a good butt kicking but she wasn’t given any heavy story development…until this movie. In The Winter Soldier even though she flirted with Steve Rogers through the entirety of the film it didn’t feel like that was the only reason why she was in the movie. She was just as central a character as Captain America and the film provided a deeper look into that “dark past” that had been hinted at in The Avengers.

I also liked that they made her look a lot more rugged in this movie. In the other films she had the mascara and the eyeliner and the lipstick and she just looked too prettied up to me but in The Winter Soldier she looked like she was a fugitive who couldn’t get to her makeup bag. It was realistic and it actually kind of made her cooler. Black Widow brought me a lot of happiness in this film. 🙂

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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By the time of Avengers: Age of Ultron I was a Black Widow fan. She had done such a great job in her previous movie and I just couldn’t wait to see her again. Now I feel that the romance between her and Bruce Banner DID NOT need to become a thing. I mean, the last time I saw her she was kissing Steve Rogers on the cheek. Then she returns swooning over The Hulk? *shudder* Yuck. But anyway, they tried to involve some romance in her life, which they didn’t need to incorporate at all, but one of the more interesting developments to her story was when we finally got to see a physical view of what her life had been like before she became a S.H.I.E.L.D agent.

Through the past couple of movies the writers had slowly been incorporating more pieces to the puzzle that made up Natasha Romanoff but to finally see that back story was a much needed element to her character that made her that much more interesting. And to find out that she couldn’t have children, gosh, that’s terrible. Black Widow’s story in Avengers: Age of Ultron was one of remembrance, loss, and identity searching and she came away from that movie as a stronger willed person because of the personal experiences she faced in that film.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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So now that we know Natasha’s back story with a little more clarity Civil War tested her boundaries and what she believed in fighting for. For the entirety of her S.H.I.E.L.D agent life she had tried to become a better person and escape the past that haunted her but Civil War only brought that question of identity roaring back to her. At the end of The Winter Soldier she told the government to basically go take a hike and they did, leaving her alone rather than arresting her for playing a major role in the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D but when she’s faced with the deaths of innocent lives from all of the battles she and The Avengers partook in she doesn’t want to continue back down that path of killing innocents for no reason. So she decides to join Tony and the Sokovia Accords, despite the slight fracturing of her friendship with Captain America. But as she sees the errors in Tony’s ways as well she realizes she’d rather work alone and not under the watchful eye of the government instead of seeing her friends get hurt…or killed.

What I liked the most about Black Widow’s involvement in Civil War was her leadership quality. For so long she was just the sidekick but in this movie it felt like she really came into her own and that she was just as much of a leader as Iron Man was. She wasn’t his assistant or just a pretty face in the throng of male superheroes, she was a leader and an Avenger and it showed in this film. Gone were her flirtatious ways and now she was all business. I LOVE that version of Black Widow. And that’s why I’m so excited they’re making a Black Widow movie. I have a feeling it’s going to be awesome.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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And now with her returning in Infinity War I am beyond ecstatic to see her again. I LOVE her new look, from head to toe. I love the baton thingies she now possesses. I like how (like in The Winter Soldier) she isn’t all made up to look like a red haired Barbie doll which gives her that tough, rugged exterior that I happen to really appreciate. She’s been a fugitive for a couple of years. She should definitely look a little rough from all of that. And I’m just excited to see her kick some serious alien booty. (Please don’t die.)

Well, that’s the story of her evolution in the last eight years. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

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