FAVORITE MARVEL LADY: SCARLET WITCH
“I’ve only ever been Pietro’s twin … Magneto’s daughter … the Vision’s wife. It’s time for me to take responsibility for myself.”
kiran’s favorite female characters : 3/?? : pepper potts
What are you, new? Of course I went back in! What was I going to do—leave him to burn to death? I…I made my call.
Liz’s Favourite Marvel Characters - Sharon Carter / Agent 13
“I’m not the kind of person to choose love over duty.”
My love for Black Widow can only be described as violent.
And I mean it. She is an immense character—both weak and strong and often at the same time, young and wise, cynical but hopeful, damaged and wronged and riddled with guilt but proud and principled, she is no simple creature. She is multiple, and her core is shattered, but she made herself, she fabricated her own armour out of lies and deceit and then she added verity and it holds, it fucking holds.
Natasha is beautiful and ugly in so many ways. She is fiercely unique and she is secret and she is intimidating because you’ll never know what she thinks, she is disarming but she also is bare for you to see because this is her punishment, this is her predicament, this is her expiation, you know. Sentiment. Attachment. Eventually.
You know, most of a fandom wants to see Loki redeemed because he is a beautifully broken doll too, but Natasha has already redeemed herself; she is working to it, every single breath she takes is a brush to her ledger and she gets no medal for it, she gets no praise. She is female, isn’t she expected to seek betterment?
Oh I do love her. I love her because I am not expected to. She is not one of the heroes, she is secondary, of course she’ll do the right thing, she’s with the good guys, what do you want her to do—
No praise, no. But in the end it doesn’t matter. She’s not in it for the glory or for the recognition of her merits. She is here because she wants to. I guess that doesn’t make a hero, but that makes a pretty sound heroine to me.
Woman 1: Christine, look— it’s the Black Widow!
Woman 2: It’s her all right— Madam Natasha! There’s a woman with her own mind— definitely the Gloria Steinem of the jumpsuit set.
And for the first time in many days— the Widow smiles.
I’ve posted this before, it’s still like, top ten moments in comics, for me. So much of the discussion about female superheroes, today, reduces them to things for men to look at. And here’s this moment, from a time when feminism was this new-fangled, radical notion, that flat out embraces Black Widow as someone for women to look up to. And she draws power from this, and contentment.
Sure, yeah, superhero comics can be the fantasies of adolescent white dudes. But they can be everyone else’s fantasy, too— dismiss that at your own peril.
From Daredevil #91, by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan.
positive lady characters meme | Martha Jones + powerful/feminist moment
I was 900% prepared for her to flip the bird for science in this scene like oh here’s the bones of the finger that I use to say ‘fuck you’
Oh, she totally did. Look at the last frame. She could have used her ring finger or her forefinger for the ‘proximal medial distal’ thing, but she counted them out on her middle finger. Which, granted, in the UK hasn’t quite the same meaning as it does in the US, but I do believe that was the point of that.
MCU ladies of S.H.I.E.L.D.
New Avengers #23Barney: I swear to god, Sister-in-law, it’ll all be worth it if I get to send one arrow through your @#$@$ skull.
Barney: Wait, you don’t do that!
Black Widow: I grew up with death. I’ve walked hand in hand with it all my life! I saw children starve in the ruins of Stalingrad, and men freeze solid as ice overnight. Because I know death so well…I know how supremely precious life is.
Marvel Team Up #85 (1979)
I just. Want to take a minute to talk about this.
Natasha spent the majority of this arc, after having been tortured by the Viper, in the identity of a third grade teacher named Nancy Rushman, frightened and frequently helpless in the face of danger. This moment, after she’s finally come around fully, is the first time she really gets to act as the Black Widow, as Natasha Romanoff.
I talked some (okay, a bunch) during Ladies Lead about how I love how even with her background and the loss Natasha has suffered, she remains very much in tune with the idea of life as worth living, life as valuable. It’s all in that line - “because I know death so well, I know how supremely precious life is.”
Natasha has been surrounded by death for years, but she doesn’t come out of it hardened, except in the ways she needs to be. She comes out of it with an even greater appreciation for simplicity, life as worthwhile simply in and of itself. She’s efficient, strong, capable, self-reliant. It’s easy, with Natasha’s past, to write her as jaded and cynical. But I think to reduce her to that is unfair to the character, and misses so much of what gives Natasha her strength.
(Uncanny X-Men #304)
#LADIESLEAD | NATASHA ROMANOV/BLACK WIDOW BEST MOMENTS (COMICS)
Black Widow: Name of the Rose (vol. 4, #1)
Fair warning that Name of the Rose contains a whole lot of my (personal) favorite Natasha moments, so this is the first one of, I believe, three that will come from this series. There is, however, a reason that Marjorie Liu’s writing of Natasha is far and away my favorite run I’ve read to date.
Black Widow gets a strong reputation for being a femme fatale and a deadly assassin - and rightly so. However, less often discussed is the way that she relates to other women. This scene, not particularly significant in the larger plot of the arc in which it appears, is emblematic of the fact that well beyond the public realm of superhero costumes and Avengers membership, Natasha will stand up for the powerless.
I’ll talk about this more in a later best moment (also written by Liu), but especially in relation to her origin story - in which, whatever iteration you choose, Natasha has been brainwashed and used by various groups of men over the years - Natasha’s protectiveness of and care for other women, ordinary women, is to me one of the defining characteristics of her humanity.
Liu shows Natasha as very capable of cruelty and ruthlessness through her run, but it is moments like this that illustrate Natasha’s real priorities.