[gets extremely offended when anyone implies my favorite characters are straight]
As if anyone could really forget the most quoted line in “The Avengers” — “I’ve got red in my ledger; I’d like to wipe it out” — it helps to have that line fresh in your mind when deconstructing what Widow does in the final act of what’s billed as a Captain America movie. Black Widow doesn’t wipe out the red in her ledger. No, she blasts her ledger out to the world, like it was the grisliest email forward of all time. We know from her heart to heart with Hawkeye that the shame she feels about what she’s done is real, and she hesitates when she realizes that taking down the bad guys means revealing her secrets. But she does it anyway, because she’s not just a spy anymore; she’s a super hero, and she makes a super hero’s sacrifice. (x)
The whole dynamics of The Winter Soldier, at character level, relies on the notion of loyalty. “Trust no one”, Fury had told Steve Rogers before being rendered unable to offer his support, and though Steve chose to trust his guts to deem Sam Wilson worthy of confidence, partly because he had found a kindred spirit in him, partly because he was an outsider, he tested Natasha Romanov, whom he had reasons to suspect.
There is a lot of character development going on in that movie, but the most important is occurring for Steve and Natasha, in ways that parallel them—both had the conviction that only S.H.I.E.L.D. could allow them to do what they were made to do whilst being on the side of the angels; for Steve it was all about finding his place in the present time, but Natasha’s cause is one of atonement. Note, in passing, the amazing particularity of this Strong Female Character who is in need of redemption but from her own initiative, according to her own terms, and for her own necessity.
A hero’s journey is always a matter of critical decisions made at the right moment for the right reasons, when no one else could or would have; in choosing to sacrifice a part of herself for a greater cause—the people’s, and this is extremely important, the hero speaking and acting on behalf of those who cannot speak or act—Natasha completes another part of a heroic initiation that involves the revealing of the true self, self-sufficient and able to withstand adversity and triumph over injustice.
The truly magnificent thing about Natasha in this movie is the way she is allowed to be vulnerable, to make herself vulnerable because she chose honesty over compromise of principles, because she is finding out how much individual liberty may count for her after all; she cracks herself open to expose her core—and discovers she actually has a surprisingly steady moral compass in the process—as soon as she suspects that the additional layers of her former personae could only been linked to the corrupted institution she had vowed to serve. Natasha’s true strength is actually moral, not physical, and this is especially important when you consider the character under the feminist angle. She is strong, yes, but in no way the dreaded cliché of the Strong Female Character devoid of real personality and effectively subordinated to men.
This is the Black Widow movie everyone should have been waiting for, actually. It is a Natasha Romanov movie, a story of her coming-of-age as a citizen of her world, finally accepting to be a part of it as an individual, whilst finding for ideals—by the way, this is exactly the spirit of Captain America, comics and Marvel movies altogether.
what if people named their kids when they turn 18 so the kid has a name that fits its personality
Fifth Harmony for BlackBook Magazine. We uploaded the shoot to our photo gallery!
me: i have depression
person: *suddenly becomes mental health expert, nutritionist, spiritual guide* why dont u try yoga why dont u eat lots of fruit maybe u should exercise have u tried keeping a journal have u tried yoga have u tried meditation have u tried sitting in the sun have u tried patting a dog have u tried exercise yoga in the fruit sun yoga yoga
have u tried not eating gluten??? gluten is POISON.
do you ever step back & reevaluate your life
& all the harmful shit you internalized
like concepts of virginity, beauty, healthy relationships, sexual attraction, mental health, & what “being successful” actually entails?
& you realized how much healthier you’d be right now if someone actually fuckin’ talked to you about this toxic shit instead of throwing you into a perpetual pit of self-loathing that you have to claw your way out of?