Let’s talk a little bit about the origins of Black Widow, because that there are already human beings criticizing the movie before it even gets written, it makes us very angry.
The first thing to say is that to finish 54 years ago a couple of weeks ago, it is very well preserved:
But let’s go in parts. The biggest argument in favor of the film is that so far, with the honorable exception of Avengers: Infinity War, is a character who has been treated really badly during the resurgence of superhero movies. She has been feminized excessively and something that comics fans have always kept in mind has been lost: she is the harshest avenger to crack, not to mention that she is the most ruthless murderer of S.H.I.E.L.D. Just like Taika Waititi was able to take a tussle with Thor, turning around how he had been treated in the cinematic Marvel Universe, now it’s the turn of the Black Widow. The election of the Australian director Cate Shortland (Lore, a dramatic drama with a Nazi background) has not been at random. Nor has it been hiring the screenwriter Jac Schaeffer. They want to do something with the character and want to do something different. In the case of Thor, they looked for a director with a sense of humor and an irreverent vision. Now they have found a director who takes her characters seriously. And that is precisely what the Black Widow needed. And that is why we are so calm and so expectant, because the wait is going to be long.
Critic number 1: The character does not have enough weight
That has not been given weight in the movies, we refer to the weight it deserves, since its appearance in Iron Man 2, and with that go six Marvel movies, in the absence of Avengers 4, does not mean that the character has no weight . As noted by Marvel and DC screenwriter Brian Michael Bendis on more than one occasion, Black Widow is one of the few characters that can munch on Batman potatoes. Yes, to Batman. And so says an uncle who understands comics. So it’s hard, very hard. (And, yes, we’d love to see a crossover in which Black Widow leaves Batman in the UVI.)
You, who have read us a comic in your life, are used to seeing Black Widow like this:
When, in fact, Black Widow was like this:
Critic number 2: Everything you can tell us about the spy world, we’ve seen it before
Natasha Romanoff has sins to expiate. It has a pre-Avengers past that is worth exploring. Murders, Siberia … is a character as interesting as Black Panther. You can make a dark film of spies and the limits of spies. The trajectory of the character in Avengers Assembled pulls down that path and is so interesting.
Critic number 3: Only going to have a movie because Wonder Woman has been successful and is aimed at the female audience
Let’s be clear: Why has Black Panther succeeded? Come, let’s be serious. It’s a great story, with great characters and well told. Also, if you look closely, T’Challa is taken seriously, a character that receives a good treatment already from Captain America: Winter Soldier. And that’s what the Black Widow deserves: neither feminism, nor condescension, nor a male character that acts as a counterpoint. And, please, without a new cut / hair color.