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)

Oh fuck you guys fuck I have seen this reblogged a bunch of times but it only just now clicked for me another way that this is important.

Pierce says “Are you sure you’re ready for the world to see you, as you really are?”

In MCU canon, Natasha is whoever someone needs her to be. She’s a chameleon, and arguably, until we get a Black Widow movie, we aren’t going to see who she actually is because she’s always filtered through other points of view. We see the Natasha she presents to the world.

Pierce asks if she’s ready for the world to see her as she really is but that implies she knows who she really is, or that there’s even a specific self that can be revealed. At the end of the movie Natasha doesn’t say that she has been revealed, she says that all her covers are blown, that all her deeds are revealed. But neither of those are who she is.

The mistake Pierce makes is thinking that Natasha is made up of her past and her aliases. But Natasha’s strength is that she’s more than that, she transcends that. They’re a piece of her, but they’re not all she is, and she knows that. Even if she has to go out and figure out exactly what that means, she knows that she’s a person beyond that.

Fuck yeah Natasha Romanoff, is basically what I’m saying.

The colorblind world of pre-serum Steve Rogers
❝ At this stage, when you see the Widow, she’s — especially in Avengers, these characters all have a past, and hers is a very complex one, where she’s realizing — and it’s kind of a continuation of Cap 2 — ‘I’ve never made an active choice. I’m a product of other people’s imposition.’ That’s going to catch up with her. That’s bound to have a huge effect. There’s got to be a result of that realization. I think that in Avengers 2 you’ll see that. You’ll see her actively making some choices in her life, for better or worse. You know, when she splashes, the wave is big — all these characters have that effect. So it’ll be interesting to see what the audience thinks of what kind of wave we’re sending their way. [Laughs] ❞

- Scarlett on Natasha in Avengers 2 [x] (via fyeahmcublackwidow)


Black Widow - 45 min

Warm-up sketch before I start working.  Gonna make an effort to make these I regular thing, possibly daily.

When I first joined SHIELD, I thought it was going straight.
But I guess I just traded in the KGB for HYDRA


I’m working on a Romanogers fanbook (or should I doujinshi) right now, and it’s all about Steve getting Nat pregnant. LOL