Whatever Happened to Yelena Belova? 


Bixby: Wait…that’s it? You didn’t even tell me your name. Who are you?
Yelena: I’m the Black Widow.

Yelena Belova came into comics in 1999, after a decade of pouches and ediger, contemporary replacement heroes. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the miniseries which crashed Yelena to Natasha also returned her to the 1970 all-blacks and half-bouffant, after near to two decades of short, angular hairstyles. Yelena had her middriff bare, Yelena used rifles instead of gadgets, Yelena was very 1999. She was also post-Soviet, young and hungry. Natasha was getting older, getting old; that 1999 mini saw her pass a birthday unremarked and unremembered. It also gave her an archfoe, something she hadn’t had for a while.

Yelena Belova was all these hard worn comic book trope: the edgy nineties replacement, the dark mirror. But because she was the Black Widow, none of that was colored in binaries. Natasha didn’t want to defend her codename— she wanted to save Yelena from it. Yelena wasn’t only the villain— she was also the wronged.

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Hello, world— I want to watch a Black Widow movie because I am a fan of Black Widow, because superhero spy stories are my jam, because I want to see Yelena and Alexi and all of that brought to life and breathing. It is not a generic yearning for a woman-shaped hero movie. I mention gender a lot because that seems to me the big obstacle; the Black Widow film they had in development before Iron Man and the rest was cancelled because of the failure of Ultraviolet and Elektra, cancelled because Natasha’s gender seemed like a box office risk. My desire for a Black Widow film is rooted and specific, it’s not going to be satisfied by anything but a Black Widow film.

No one suggests Ant-Man, instead, when people say they want a Hawkeye film, though both characters are big deal Avengers and Clint used Pym Particles that one time. We are allowed to assume Hawkeye means Hawkeye, and not some other dude. When the internet talks about Black Widow, though, it comes back like lightning: what about Ms. Marvel? Kevin Feige has suggested that the calls for a Black Widow movie are just calls for a female lead, and have nothing to do with Natasha. But when I say I want a Black Widow movie, I mean I want a Black Widow movie.

That doesn’t mean all I want is a Black Widow movie. I’d love to see Carol Danvers punch holes in the sky— but that would be a film about going up, flying further, far-off planets and distant stars. It wouldn’t be anything like a Black Widow movie. I’d love to see Wonder Woman bring love into the language of the superhero action film, I want to see Angela del Toro make hard choices about legacy and what Monica Rambeau’s spectrum of powers could look like with a big budget. But none of these are Black Widow movies, none of them are replacements. None of them should be. They have their own adjectives, their own themes and history. They’re characters, superheroes, not just shapes to fill a gap.

Posted 1 day ago635 notesVIAFiled Under: #Natasha Romanova #Carol Danvers #Black Widow #Captain Marvel #Marvel #MCU #female characters #fuck yes this #it's not that I don't want a Carol movie #I want both #and so many more #but don't act like these stories are interchangeable when you would never say the same thing about male characters

Ship PicSpam:     Bucky x Natasha [WinterWidow]

Ship PicSpam:
     Bucky x Natasha [WinterWidow]

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black widow (2014) #05

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I was created human; But I was made to be a monster.

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Soooo does anyone have scans of the current Black Widow series they could provide to me? I need them for RP reasons.

Posted 6 days ago2 notesFiled Under: #Natasha Romanova #Black Widow #roleplaying #no I can't just use the comics I have scans of #I need Noto!Nat specifically #because reasons #and I'd really rather not just comb through the tag for whatever images I can find #that is super annoying #I swear I am buying these comics as much as I can but... mine are on paper

I think all of these characters have dark pasts. A lot of us are superheroes that didn’t choose to be. My character is a mercenary to begin with and was sort of put into the Widow program. She’s had a dark past, and she’s just beginning to discover how her past affects her when we see her in “Cap 2.” I think she’s had to dehumanize in a way, obviously, as anyone in that position does just to be able to accomplish the things that she’s had to. But now she’s like, “Wow, I actually have nightmares about this stuff.” She’s starting to realize, Wow, I’m a product of what I’ve done in some way. And I think, in “Avengers 2,” it’s about time that our past comes back to haunt us in some way –- all of us, I think, in one way or another.

 - Scarlett Johansson on Avengers 2 and dark pasts  [x] (via fyeahmcublackwidow)
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Natashas! with way less extreme hair swishing than I set out to draw oh well


Natashas! with way less extreme hair swishing than I set out to draw oh well

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As much as I’m loving the reviews and articles pointing out that Cap 2 “proves” that the Black Widow can handle a solo movie, let’s just remember this standard of proof is not demanded of white male characters. Scarlett Johansson and the Black Widow could always handle a solo movie, whether people recognized it or not.

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anyone who says they can’t imagine a black widow movie has their head up their ass because it’d look exactly like CATWS but with slightly less steve and a lot more natasha

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They have so many names for you…

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I’m going to have to talk about Natasha first, because apparently all of my meta is about being Russian.

I’ve seen people complaining about it, but Natasha being from the post-Soviet era is fucking brilliant. I don’t care that it’s different from the comics. Obviously, part of the reasoning for this comes from my own lived experience as a Ukrainian immigrant in the United States — I can’t tell you how weary I am of how many Russian women in American media are Cold War-spy eye-candy, and Natasha being removed from that is incredibly important. But it’s not just that. The post-Soviet origin story fits Natasha’s MCU characterization so much better. 

This Natasha watched an empire crumble when she was a child. She was born into a time of decline and economic scarcity — stores with empty shelves and a government struggling to keep it all together, watching republics slip through their fingers. There were endless waiting lists for everything useful — it was a normal part of my childhood that I was not able to call my best friend unless she was at her grandmother’s place. Her building had not yet had phone lines installed. When I’d ask my parents when her apartment was going have a phone, my parents would scoff, “They’re on a list.” 

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Posted 2 weeks ago2,352 notesVIAFiled Under: #Natasha Romanova #Black Widow #Captain America: Winter Soldier #Marvel #MCU #we don't have problems in Russia we have adventures #...that tag is really inappropriate for this post it's just my Russia tag I'm sorry #but anyway #these have been my feelings from the start #not that I have the personal associations OP does obvs #but it just feels so appropriate for MCU Natasha and I love everything about this change #I love how much MCU Natasha is becoming her own different character #she's the same at her core but shaped very differently by the circumstances of time and place and yes #basically I am so glad this movie reinforced all my feelings and suspicions about Natasha and her backstory #please give us more Marvel I need it right the fuck now

this week in comics: pro tips from natasha romanoff


this week in comics: pro tips from natasha romanoff

Posted 2 weeks ago440 notesVIA/SOURCEFiled Under: #Natasha Romanova #Black Widow #Marvel #Marvel 616 #comics

The divide between fans and critics only becomes a problem when I notice professional reviewers making judgments based on their own preconceptions, rather than what actually took place onscreen. There is no better example of this than the ongoing coverage of Scarlett Johansson’s role as Black Widow in The Avengers franchise. Regardless of what ScarJo says, does, or wears while playing this character, countless well-respected film critics continue to mistake her for a vacuous 1960s Bond Girl….Honestly, this kind of catsuit-focused review says more about the reviewer than the film itself. Apparently the mere concept of Scarlett Johansson in a tight outfit is so dazzlingly erotic that it bypasses some male reviewers’ conscious minds and causes them to ignore everything she says and does for the rest of the movie. The result is a series of reviews from highly respected film critics who, given the opportunity to describe each Avenger in a single sentence, replace Black Widow’s summary with the announcement, ‘I AM A HETEROSEXUAL MAN AND SCARLETT JOHANSSON’S BOOBS ARE AWESOME.’

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Art Commission by the amazing ironfries


Art Commission by the amazing ironfries

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