Marvel fans, we won again! You know how Black Widow is currently only available with premiere access on Disney+? Yeah, that’s about to change. On August 10, our long-awaited Black Widow solo movie will be available for streaming on Disney+. It’ll also come out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 14. Can you tell we’re not prepared for it? Like, at all?
We’ve loved Natasha Romanoff for over a decade (and are still not over the end of her arc, but that’s a story for another time), and finally seeing her get her own movie feels like a breath of fresh air for all Marvel fans. She was the only one out of the original six Avengers who didn’t have a solo adventure, how did anyone let that happen? Nat deserves better than that, and it’s good to see Marvel finally agree with us on that.
And while we’re on the subject of Miss Romanoff, we’d like to take this opportunity to talk about how amazing her journey in the MCU has been. Natasha first showed up in Iron Man 2, posing as Tony’s assistant, but in reality, she was an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent all along. And from there, she quickly became a huge deal in the movies and a fan favorite.
***Please note that from this point forward, there will be spoilers for most Marvel movies Natasha Romanoff has shown up in … not Black Widow though, it’s still too soon for that***
Natasha’s Origins (In The MCU)
Let’s be honest, anyone who watches Iron Man 2 knows that back then, she was only written as the sexy side character with amazing fighting skills, but she wasn’t given that much depth during the movie. We didn’t even know if we were going to see her after the end of Iron Man 2, that’s how little development she had in that movie.
But then, Avengers happened and Nat was back. And sure, there were still some moments where it was clear that she was supposed to be seen as the “pretty one” of the group, but there was also character development, there were glimpses of her backstory, and that conversation with Loki when he’s arrested showed the audience just how clever Natasha truly is. She tricked the most notorious trickster ever! That takes a lot of skill, and Nat certainly has that.
It’s also in this movie that we see how deeply Nat cares about her loved ones. She may not want to show it, but she was terrified of something happening to Hawkeye. Or do you think she just went halfway across the world after Bruce Banner because she wanted a few days away from the States? Nope, she did it because she wanted her friend back and knew Bruce could help.
The Middle Of The Story
After saving the world from an alien invasion, Nat next shows up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one of the best movies in this franchise, and we’ll take no criticism on this. She’s working alongside Steve Rogers for S.H.I.E.L.D. and also trying to find him a date (even though their entire dynamic screamed “ask him out yourself” for most of the movie). This movie shows us a more vulnerable side of Natasha. She’s scared of what may come next, but at no point does she back down from the fight. She chooses to make her past public in order to help take down H.Y.D.R.A., showing that she was ready to do the right thing at any cost.
After Tony’s antics, aliens in New York and H.Y.D.R.A., Nat comes back in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, to fight an android with a god complex. She really cannot catch a break. There isn’t much to say about this movie because Nat was severely underutilized for most of it. Most of her storyline here revolved around a romance with Bruce that seemingly came out of nowhere and was quickly forgotten about.
However, her presence in Captain America: Civil War more than makes up for everything. In the midst of a fight between two of her teammates, Nat still tries to do the right thing for everyone. She didn’t have to warn Steve about the possibility of Bucky being responsible for that attack, but she did. She didn’t have to try to comfort T’Challa, but she did. And most of all, she didn’t have to help Steve and Bucky escape, especially after Cap completely ignored everything she’d said up to that point, but she did anyway. Everyone deserves someone like Nat in their lives.
After Civil War, Nat was one of the people who went off the grid until Avengers: Infinity War. But once again, when her loved ones need her, she shows back up in no time. She fights Thanos along with the other Avengers and is devastated when he succeeds in snapping away half the population. Five years later, in Avengers: Endgame, she is clearly still grieving those losses but hasn’t given up hope just yet. This is probably why it’s so sad that her arc ended with her life being exchanged for the Soul Stone. Again, Nat deserved better than this. It’s especially sad that she’s the one who says “see you in a minute” to Steve before they begin the time heist. Sorry, but if we’re going to be sad about this, so are you.
All of this just so we could say: we love Nat and are really happy to see her come so far since Iron Man 2 to become the incredible and deep character she is today in the MCU. Black Widow added even more depth to her, and we’re so glad even more people will get to see it in just a few more days.
Do you love Nat as we do? Will you also be rewatching Black Widow a few more times? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP! We’ll love to hear your thoughts.
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