Alright. All this damned complaining about “ERMAGERD MAKE A BLERK WIDER MERVIE!!!!!!111!” i’ve finally had it with. Seriously, do you guys realize how terrible of a person Black Widow is? Do you have any clue? Probably not since many of you have only seen the movies where she’s the “good guy”.
A list of things Black Widow has done:
- Got Hawkeye thrown in a Maximum Security prison for shits and giggles basically
- Worked in SHIELD basically as an undercover spy for HYDRA
- Pretended to want to be in a relationship with Tony Stark to steal his technology
- Tried to trick Hawkeye into completing her assassination target when injured and he almost did if Spider Man hadn’t stopped him.
This is what i can remember as of right now, the point is Black Widow is not nearly as honorable of a person as the movies make her out to be. She is a manipulator who will stop at nothing, including manipulating and harming her teammates to get what she wants. Her only loyalties lay in herself.
I’m not saying not to make a female headed movie but why not try for Scarlet Witch? or Storm? Those both have far more honorable lives without loosing any of the inner strength they represent and have.
It sounds like you are basing half your interpretation on Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? But haven’t seen all the episodes or something, because she threw Clint into that prison to protect him, and was also a spoilers: triple agent who was always working for SHIELD. The last thing is from an Untold Tales of Spider-Man issue, iirc, and yes, it is true Natasha did spin Clint into a super-villain career, before she defected from the KGB. The fallout is what pushed her to reform herself. It’s all there on the wiki.
But I don’t think any Natasha fan believes she’s never done bad things. The movies tell us this, over and over— a lot of fans want a Black Widow movie to see the awful crimson place she came from. Her story is about redemption and liberation and how who you choose to be means more than what you are made to do. Natasha has a supervillain skillset but heroic intentions and the tension between the two is part of why I like her. To say Natasha’s only loyalties are to herself is to ignore pretty much her entire 50 year comic history.
And, well, I’m kinda tired of hearing the only reason I want a Black Widow film is because I don’t know anything about other Marvel heroines and probably don’t know anything about Black Widow, either. Because I’m a massive Natasha fan, I know more about her, and that is how this thing usually works. I buy Storm’s comic every month because I like Ororo, too, because I’m actually able to appreciate female characters with diverse narratives and personalities instead of forcing them into some weird mental death match where only one can be good enough. I am okay with these life choices.
Look, people decide if they want to see a film all the time based on trailers, but fans who decide they want to see a Black Widow movie based on three whole films are secretly confused and need to be argued out of it. It’s just gatekeeping in another guise.
I’ve been silent on tumblr for a bit now. There are a couple major reasons for that, both of them life- rather than tumblr-related.
I don’t talk a super whole lot about my personal life here, but to summarize, I:
1) had one of the school programs I worked for eliminated, which meant I was down a job. Anyone who has ever worked in education can imagine the impact this had. Long story short, I was maybe a week out from having to make the decision to give notice on my apartment and move to Reno, where I have an open couch-centric invitation.
2) was offered a job, after several years of looking, in a field completely unrelated to education.
3) took proffered job. I love education. I spent the last ten plus years teaching in various capacities, and there is nothing quite like it in the world. It is, however, not sustainable as a career when one also wants to do things like eat and maintain a roof over one’s head. Most months, I was barely making it. The months between semesters or school years, I wasn’t even doing that. I am happy (which is not the right word, because I miss teaching a fuck ton of a lot, but I do not miss wondering where the money to pay my student loans was going to come from) to say that I have sold out, and am now doing something corporate and souless.
I’m being kind of tongue-in-cheek about this, but in reality, it’s been both one of the easiest and one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in my life. I got a little weepy the first time the school I’ve worked for over the past eight years sent out the first schedule in that time without my name on it. I had to ask a friend to stop describing the syllabus for a literature class she was taking, because the thought of never being in a classroom again was too difficult. I’ve spent a good portion of my life thinking that this is what I need and want to do; being a teacher has been a major part of how I conceptualize myself for years, and I don’t think I can fully explain how hard it’s been to give that up. Dreams, even when they’ve outlived their usefulness, don’t die easy deaths.
At the same time, bitches gotta eat. I can’t overstate my relief at the thought of being able to pay my bills, and still have enough to spare. I was able to use part of my first paycheck to help fund a good friend’s independent film project, without worrying about where that money was coming from or if it was the decision between that and making the minimum on my credit card payment. I like my new coworkers, and the work is challenging enough to be interesting. I leave my work at work at the end of the day, rather than taking fifteen or twenty hours worth of it home. When I do work extra hours, I’m compensated for it. I have health benefits for the first time in a very long time, and can finally do things like replace the glasses that have been held together with superglue for the past year.
So there’s that, and that’s what been going on with me.
I’m not normally one to be a rabble-rouser, particularly on the internet.
But I really think the fandom forces of tumblr should collectively spam NBC about Constantine, and recent disclosure that they are straight-washing his character. (He’s canonically bisexual in the comics)
If there is one thing fandom can collectively agree upon, there aren’t enough queer people in mainstream media. NBC is making an adaptation with an ALREADY QUEER CHARACTER, and making him straight. Bisexual men are a particularly under-represented demographic, and this is frankly the height of fucked up.
The good thing is, fandom can perhaps nip this problem in the bud. Although the show has been officially picked up by NBC, it is still very much in development. If we — the active fans of the world — collectively threaten to boycott before the show airs in October, we might have a good chance of forcing a creative shift.
So get in touch with NBC and make a complaint.
Twitter: @NBC || @NBCConstantine
Email Message: http://www.nbc.com/contact/general (under “Questions not found on FAQ page about NBC Entertainment”)
And please reblog this post. Spread the word. If anything is worthy of fandoms collective ire and criticism, it is this.
I was afraid this would happen. =___=
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