There are a great many females in this world and the fictional, that I look to for inspiration. To name but a few we have;
Peggy Carter/Hayley Atwell
Billie Piper/Rose Tyler
Eve Myles/Gwen Cooper
The list could go on.
But of course, one of my ultimate female empowering ladies has to have a whole post dedicated to her.
Yes, that’s right, if you hadn’t already guessed. My lady love, my ultimate female kick ass chica is the infamous Black Widow.
First appearing in Tales of Suspense (#52) all the way back in 1964, Black Widow was first introduced as a Russian spy, an antagonist for the character Iron Man AKA Tony Stark, but later defected to SHIELD and later became a member of The Avengers.
But I’m not going to talk about the comic aspects/life of this notorious assassin. I’m going to talk about the portrayal of her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ’cause if I delved into the multiverse y’all would be here for years with the amount of detail I could go into.
Black Widow, AKA Natalia Alianovna Romanoff is played by the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson.
Debuting in Iron Man 2 (2010), the undercover Black Widow instantly proved that she was no push over-
Badassery at it’s finest.
Ever since seeing that moment I have longed for a Black Widow film.
Black Widow for me, is one of the most important characters in the entire universe. Created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck, she is arguably one of the most recognisable females to come from Marvel.
I love her for a great many reasons.
She is smart, funny, clever. She is fiesty and sexy, yet she remains with an air of ‘I could kill you with my pinkie finger’ and she is freaking bad ass!!!
Unfortunately she has never been given the true chance to shine with her own film, instead all the information we have for her character and how much of a fantastic lady she is, is from films such as Avengers Assemble and Age of Ultron.
Which was a wholllle different ball game giving her a completely non-canon love interest that was completely unneeded but (personally) I felt would kind of work. I loved how we were shown the Red Room and how she had apprehension of being involved with their work all the way at the start.
She lets her guard down and shows affection to her team-mate; Clint Barton’s family. Trading the simple ‘traitor’ after being told Clint’s next baby was no longer a Natasha but a Nathaniel.
In that simple line we are given a soft side of her that only appears to those that deserve it. I feel as though in that line we are allowed into Black Widow’s heart. Thus earning the trust of a Widow.
Anyway, as you can tell I could chat about Marvel for a long time. But Black Widow is my feminist icon/hero/whatever you wanna call it, for this simple reason:
Black Widow is an enigma full of sarcastic, dry-humoured, badass combat skills and she is HUMAN.
She goes out and risks her life for the fight with only her (Widow) bites, uniform and own skill-set for protection.
She doesn’t get a shield, a suit of armour, battle armour.
She is human.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Avengers have other humans on their team but this is Black Widow. A woman who has a past so complex that we can only see shots of because to see more would be ruined unless it’s in her own movie.
Why can’t we have a movie of her?
She is so badass that when you look up the word badass this comes up;
When it comes right down to it, Black Widow is waaaaay more complicated than any other Avenger, any other character in fact. Yes, she has killed people and worked for the bad guys (even if we haven’t seen it onscreen).
But Tony Stark used to make weapons.
Bucky Barnes killed innocents as The Winter Soldier.
Yet they are still looked up to.
What makes her a hero worthy of our admiration and my feminist icon role, is how she has turned her life around. Her backstory is crammed, it’s packed full of pain, loss, suffering and manipulation, but she has become her own person now.
Clint Barton refused to kill her because he saw the potential in her. Don’t you get that?
HAWKEYE, the man with the keenest eyesight known to man, SAW something in her. He refused to kill her and now she fights on the side of the good guys.
As heroes go, Black Widow is an excellent role model for girls to have if you want them to learn about resiliency, strength, and not letting past mistakes define you.
Just because she isn’t as strong as the other Avengers, does not mean she has not earned her place on the team. It takes a lot of strength to endure potentially countless hours of fighting for your life, fighting for the world.
Natasha has this.
She fought for New York and won.
She never backs down.
She has the guts to do whats right when everyone else runs away.
Even if you don’t watch the Marvel movies you cannot argue that Black Widow is one helluva fantastic icon.
She is my Feminist Icon.
Use the hashtag #AndIDarken to express your love for your own feminist icon.
This post was created to celebrate the release of AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White which features the protagonist Lada Dracul.
Lada is a freaking amazing character who when you meet her you just want to give her everything she wants- it is impossible to not love her!!
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
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