With Agent Carter finished (and ready for a next season, hopefully!) and Age of Ultron coming just next week, I thought it was time to address an important Marvel issue: Black Widow solo movie.
1. The Red Room and Soviet Russia.
One thing about Marvel movies that bugs me is that it's so US-central. That's not a major problem and looks like it might change with Age of Ultron, but I would really love to see other places. I'm not asking for an Iron Man 3 Chinese version, only where it's suitable for characters and plot—but come on, can you be uninterested in the making of an assassin?
We got some Red Room in Agent Carter and might have more in Ultron, but a solo would really flesh out the basis of Natasha's character. We could go the route of the other Marvel solos and delve into her life in America now, but personally I buy this idea more:
2. Prequel spin-off? Agent Carter showed that works.
One of the problems about a Black Widow solo was that huge amounts of backstory needed to be tackled. Far from being a hindrance, I think that's an added benefit — the tantalising hints have already created the demand to know more about the backstory. And Agent Carter has adequately demonstrated that it's possible to develop a prequel spin-off that's thrilling despite foregone conclusions.
And if there's too much material, a TV series would work as well as a movie! We had Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, there's no reason we can't have an Agent Romanoff, whether it's as a SHIELD or Soviet agent.
3. Psychological manipulation.
Natasha's introduction in The Avengers was absolutely stunning—she knows her adversaries underestimate her and undermines them that way. (Reminds me of another SHIELD agent who has her own TV series.) Goodness, she defeated the freaking god of lies at lying. And since superheroes so often have to deal with robots! cosmic cube! flying monkeys! explosives! chaos!, some quietly dangerous espionage wouldn't be amiss. Black Widow is the Avenger best at psychological manipulation, and a solo movie would be an excellent opportunity to explore what's behind all the bullets and explosions at SHIELD.
4. Maybe—just maybe—more Hawkeye and Winter Soldier.
When I listed the rundown of Avengers with their own solos, one glaring omission was Hawkeye. Who also deserves a solo, but since he plays a key role in Natasha's defection from Russia, a solo absolutely has to involve him in some way. And even for non-Black Hawk shippers, the way they click together shows how seamlessly they co-operate.
And if I haven't messed up the timelines, we might even be able to glimpse the Winter Soldier. This Tumblr gifset totally converted me into believing they were acquainted in Soviet Russia, and this cold partnership would be such a great foil for Clint/Natasha's relationship.
5. Marvel needs more non-male superheroes.
I can't tell you how happy I was when Agent Carter aired. Or Captain Marvel was announced. Keep in mind that I hadn't watched Cap 1 or read the comics, so I knew very little about these characters. But I can still identify with them simply because they face up against the patriarchy. Now take that and imagine a character who's already been established in the main franchise.
Although I would love a non-binary superhero too. JARVIS, although awesome, doesn't count.
Takeout: Black Widow solo = Red Room, psychology, Hawkeye and Winter Soldier, plus diversity.
|Originally reblogged here.|
How much do you want a Black Widow solo? Would you want a TV series or a movie?
Psst, for more diverse female characters in Marvel, check out my guest post on the Fangirl Initiative about why Helen Cho (first in Avengers: Age of Ultron) should stay in the MCU!
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note: I do not read the comics. All data comes from the movies, fanfic and Tumblr. Apologies for any inaccuracies.