i knew my weakness
so hold my hand
consign me not to darkness
bisexual means you can only like 2 things i’ve chosen drinking and wizards
Broken record blogging: the reason there hasn’t been a Black Widow movie is because the Black Widow movie in development was cancelled. It was cancelled because Elektra bombed and Ultraviolet bombed and Catwoman bombed and the studio decided female vigilante films were hard sells and that it wasn’t worth the risk. The time wasn’t right. It hasn’t been right since.
It isn’t because her comic book story isn’t thick enough. Wanted was a six issue mini. Scott Lang has never titled a book and has a fraction of Natasha’s appearances. It’s not because spies and superheroes are out of joint and don’t mix and don’t sell. They made Winter Soldier, and the Captain America sequel didn’t need to be a riff on 70s espionage flicks. It’s not because she doesn’t have powers. Batman is the most popular hero on the planet. It’s not because she’s too obscure, because Guardians of the Galaxy just happened and Blade was the spiritual beginning of this generation of superhero films. It’s not because her costume doesn’t have a mask, cracked, because did you even think that one out? True story, Natasha is super easy to adapt to film, and that is why she’s been in three films and counting.
But the reason she doesn’t have her own movie is because she’s a woman. Because the movie she did have was cancelled because women vigilantes are box office poison, or used to be, and no one wants to test the theory.
I don’t want a Black Widow movie because she’s a woman, because she’s the only female superhero I can name. Me, I want to see the darker and more ordinary shadows of the Marvel Universe, I want to see Winter Soldier pushed further and superhero franchises pushed out of their origin-story formula. I want redemption and I want the stakes to hurt and it exhausts me to pretend her gender is the only remarkable thing about her because Natasha is my favorite superhero ever and that is why I want a Black Widow movie.
But the reason she doesn’t have a movie already is because she’s a woman. If powers were the problem they’d make Captain Marvel, maybe, if we needed a household name to fly they’d have Wonder Woman done by now, tried and tried again the same way Superman has been. But they haven’t.
It’s not as simple as sexism, because sexism isn’t simple. These films are pitched and calibrated to demographics that don’t buy girl-shaped action figures; we live in a world where female characters are spoken of gender first. We read women into a separate category, evaluate them as “females”, and find ways out of them we don’t look for in our default male protagonists. They have to be better than good to deserve their own stories, as though stories are medals to be hung around necks, the finish line and not the race. We make big long lists of “reasons they haven’t made a Black Widow movie or any superhero film that happens to star a woman” and we point to those already overcome obstacles, whisper, “but Ant-Man was a founding Avenger" and insist gender really has nothing to do with it.
"This industry breeds self-involvement. But I’ve a brother who will find me and fart on me if I start pulling that crap."Chris Pratt, Irish Idependent Insider (2014)