The reason we’ve been asking for a Black Widow movie for ages isn’t just that we quite liked the character (you know, before Scarlett was Scarlett all over the news, and Joss Whedon did that thing that shall not even be discussed to Natasha’s character in Avengers: Age of Ultron), but that we were desperate for a superhero movie with a female lead.
Black Widow should have been the first, but Marvel can be accused of many things, but being a trailblazer isn’t exactly one of them, so of course, we got Wonder Woman first. And then Captain Marvel. And the fact that both of those movies are outstanding means that now that we are getting the Black Widow movie we wanted 35 million years ago, we have high expectations.
In an interview with Empire, Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson discussed the feminist themes in the movie, saying: “I think this film in particular is very much reflective of what’s going on in regards to the Time’s Up movement and the #MeToo movement.”
She went on to add: “It would be such a miss if we didn’t address that stuff, if this film didn’t take that head-on. I think, particularly for Cate, it was so important for her to make a movie about women who are helping other women, who lift other women up out of a very difficulty situation. Someone asked me if Natasha was a feminist. Of course she is, it’s obvious. It’s kinda an asinine question.”
Ah, if only the men who wrote and directed Natasha before had, you know, this same idea. We could have been saved from “I can’t have kids, therefore I am a monster Natasha.”
But hey, we hope this movie is what we want – what we deserved years ago. If it turns out to be, that would only be a good thing.
Black Widow is expected to release November 6th, 2020.