I wasn’t going to talk about this, because wars of fandom opinion travel real fast to real boring places. “I don’t like this character, this character boring, make movies of some other character” is apparently an important enough thought for some people to tag, but not really important enough for me to remark upon. So I wasn’t going to talk about this. But then:
A Black Widow movie would be boring. No offense to her fans, but she is a pretty boring character. If they made an X-23 movie, Storm movie, better Elektra movie, or Ms. Marvel movie I’d be totally on board. The only reason people want a Black Widow movie is because they have an unhealthy obsession with The Avengers film and don’t take the time to actually learn about other female Marvel characters. In a way, that’s pretty sexist and close minded. Educate yourselves before attacking others.
There is so much wrong with this quote, dude who I’m letting remain nameless, and so much I could say to unwind it. Because I talk a lot about comics and I’ve been doing it since before the Avengers film came out and what I find interesting about Natasha isn’t the red hair or Winter Soldier trailer. It’s the fifty years of liberation metaphor, the doom and death and the depth, the way comic books stretched a very simple, very sixties concept into something complicated and heroic and ongoing. I like that she’s a patriot hero who left her country, I like that she’s a woman hero with no easy male counterpart, I like that she thinks as much as she punches and quotes Tolstoy and once wore a bouffant hairdo with matching B and W earrings.
I get that some people are drawn to big-time powers and space and strength, but that’s never been my personal taste. For some reason though people don’t tell me I’m doing things wrong when I dream about a Daredevil movie, even though he had one once and it was not very good. No one tells me I’m wrong to be excited for the Winter Soldier movie, that if I was a real fan I’d be pulling for Baron Zemo to be the bad guy instead, or the John Walker plotline, or that I’m sexist for not thinking about the Femizons.
And I get this other big secret: that being a pretty huge Black Widow fan doesn’t mean I’m trying to get a Wonder Woman movie unmade, that I don’t collect She-Hulk and, that I’m not super psyched about Kamala Khan and that I don’t wax rhapsodic about Karla Sofen. I have an old fondness for Angela del Toro, I believe deeply that Maya Lopez deserved better, I wish more people knew why Monica Rambeau quit leading the Avengers. I could sing to you the many origins of Spider-woman, and think Janet Van Dyne is the best leader the Avengers ever had. I could get you educated.
But I don’t need to justify myself to a dude who can’t even remember Carol Danvers’s codename. That isn’t important. What is important is this: if you like Black Widow because you saw a billion dollar movie that a lot of people saw, then that’s great. It’s fantastic. You’re allowed. I, someone who has read basically every Black Widow comic ever published, give you permission. But you never needed it.
You don’t need me to tell you she’s interesting or this guy to tell you she’s not, you have the tools to figure out what you like for yourself. I hope I can tell you about comics, because I love them, and I’d love to be able to introduce you to so many cool characters that will probably never see a cinematic adaptation— but if that’s not your deal then that’s okay too. It’s not strange or unhealthy to envision sequels to superhero films based on the content of the films themselves, and not the contents of 1980s back issues. You are not being closeminded to champion the most visible superhero woman in the MCU so far as a possible lead for the first superhero woman film in the MCU so far. If Kevin Feige says a Black Widow movie “would be great”, you can agree with him. And you can even want a Captain Marvel movie at the same time. You are just a fan, like me, like basically everyone on tumblr, that’s all, and that’s wonderful.