Aim for the eyes
Hey, I was either going to get Black Widow or Bruce Banner/Hulk. 
I don’t have the sass levels to get Iron Man.

Hey, I was either going to get Black Widow or Bruce Banner/Hulk.

I don’t have the sass levels to get Iron Man.

While Johansson’s first Marvel appearance in Iron Man 2 may have relied somewhat upon sex appeal, this was quickly nixed in favor of characterizing her as the most cerebral Avenger. Her most important scenes in The Avengers relied upon her intelligence and skills as a spy, to the extent that she even managed to outwit Loki, the God of Lies. At the end of the movie, she’s the one who closes the portal that let all the aliens into New York. Then in Winter Soldier she’s given second billing to Captain America, a meaty role that showcases a wide-ranging skillset that stretches far beyond just “kicking ass.” At no point during any of these movies does she seduce anyone, by the way.

Sadly, there’s very little sign of this character in the most easily accessible reviews of both The Avengers and Winter Soldier. Judging by the Guardian, WSJ, or New Yorker, Black Widow is more like a blow-up doll with a black belt. By their logic, if she’s wearing a tight outfit, then she must be a sexy ass-kicker, meaning that she must be the token female character, and therefore is little more than eye candy.

With that thought process in mind, it must make perfect sense to relegate Black Widow to a single sniggering comment about her catsuit, because obviously Scarlett Johansson is just there for decoration. And if you’ve read in the New York Times that Black Widow is a token female character, then chances are you’ll have internalized that opinion before you even buy a ticket. The feedback loop of misogynist preconceptions continues on, and in the end, we all lose out.

More than anything, I think that the relationship between Cap and Widow is one that becomes a friendship and that is way more interesting than a romantic relationship. We don’t really know yet if she’s really even capable of that. Black Widow has so many trust issues that the last thing on her mind is like, “Man, I wish I had a boyfriend.” Steve Rogers is an attractive guy but I think she’s learning how to be herself —whoever herself is. This friendship is the catalyst that helps her to understand other events with Fury and helps her to understand what she wants because she’s probably never really asked herself that. That’s what we see more of developing; between the two of them is a friendship that allows her to be self-reflective.

Scarlett Johansson’s response to a question about “a hint at a romance” between Natasha & Steve in CA:TWS [X] (via chujo-hime)

Platonic relationships really can exist between a heterosexual man and woman.

Avengers Assemble #25 by ZurdoM
itswalky:

runa-adair:

sourcedumal:

faramon:

ilovemysassysuperman:

itskalynbitch:

notanotherginger:

Those who say the Black Widow’s fighting style is just movie bullshit can see the above. ^ Shit is terrifyingly real. 

I think I’m in love.

She’s so tiny.
But she could kill me.
Great.

^ That

I will reblog this flying head scissors every time it comes on my dash because it’s so fucking awesome.

whoa

I legit wanted to draw Amazi-Girl doing this to Blaine the other day, but I realized it would take up way too many panels in which I could draw multiple punches instead.

itswalky:

runa-adair:

sourcedumal:

faramon:

ilovemysassysuperman:

itskalynbitch:

notanotherginger:

Those who say the Black Widow’s fighting style is just movie bullshit can see the above. ^ Shit is terrifyingly real. 

I think I’m in love.

She’s so tiny.

But she could kill me.

Great.

^ That

I will reblog this flying head scissors every time it comes on my dash because it’s so fucking awesome.

whoa

I legit wanted to draw Amazi-Girl doing this to Blaine the other day, but I realized it would take up way too many panels in which I could draw multiple punches instead.

Here’s a male Western Black Widow, Latrodectus hesperus.
Fun fact: with most animals, the female is ultimately in charge of deciding mating rights and mate selection.

Here’s a male Western Black Widow, Latrodectus hesperus.

Fun fact: with most animals, the female is ultimately in charge of deciding mating rights and mate selection.

i never stood a chance! true story XD by nebezial

Mainly posting this to elaborate on the Wonder Woman’s background. I’m going to guess that said background is also why porn has been used as reference so often in the history of Wonder Woman comics (and a few JLA with her as well).

i never stood a chance! true story XD by nebezial

Mainly posting this to elaborate on the Wonder Woman’s background. I’m going to guess that said background is also why porn has been used as reference so often in the history of Wonder Woman comics (and a few JLA with her as well).

whatisthisoutsideyouspeakof:

the-fandoms-are-cool:

Look at the first gif. That’s Natasha Romanov, master assassin, who just went toe-to-toe with the Hulk and lived. She’s just been told her partner in crime needs to be taken out.

Look at the second gif. That’s Natasha Romanov, master of the murder game, and she’s preparing to take out one of the only people in the world that she’s close to.

Look at the third gif. That’s Agent Romanov, legend of the criminal underworld, and she’s started putting together everything she knows about her target, every weakness she can exploit, every way she could get the upper hand.

Look at the fourth gif. That’s the Black Widow, the woman that makes Mob Bosses wet the bed, who haunts the nightmares of every damn low-life in the crime circle, and she motherfucking copies.

a reason I love this scene so much is because she was /scared/ of the hulk, like any sane human would be. and she was never portrayed as weaker for being scared, and she fought past it like an actual character. and that’s what I really love: it was a dimension, not just the one dimensional “strong” women characters that we’ve been getting (not that they’re all bad. Zoe, man) that are never ever allowed to be both scared and fucking badass and capable. and we need more characters that can be both, or badass and mourning, or badass but still feminine (stereotypically). because that shows females watching this that yes, you can be scared out of your fucking mind and still be someone who is capable enough to be the best in the world.

the-fandoms-are-cool:

risainwonderland:

rachaelsrambles:

Guys, hey, guys. Do you remember that time that Coulson called Natasha and she ended up forming the Avengers?  Remember how she did that by digging up Bruce Banner and introducing Steve to him then was the voice of reason when Tony and Steve were bickering and then how she brought Clint back from being mind controlled so that they can be a team? Remember that? Remember how the Black Widow out smarted a god? Remember that time she kept her shit together when the Hulk attacked her, even though she was really scared? Remember when she knocked an alien off his flying scooter and figured out how to drive it despite it being extrateresstrial tech, then got her ass up to the top of Stark Tower, found Loki’s staff and saved the world from being invaded by turning off the machine?

Remember how she was the central character of the whole freaking movie?

Anyone else remember that? I sure do.

AND I STILL CAN’T FIND ANY BLACK WIDOW MERCH

I can’t either. WHAT THE FUCK DISNEY, MARVEL, & HASBRO?!?!?

My goddaughter wants a Black Widow figure for her birthday (still) and it’s in two months. Throw me a freakin’ bone here, will ya?