I see the rhetoric of ‘Natasha doesn’t deserve her own movie because
sexism some other heroine deserves it more/she’s not popular/interesting/well-known enough’ tossed around pretty often
first off, you’re wrong
second off, may I remind everyone herethat prior to the MCU, the only two ‘popular’ heroes Marvel had to compete with the licensing juggernauts of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman were Wolverine and Spider-Man? Both of whom Marvel sold off the rights to for other companies to make movies out of until the superhero film genre turned into a huge genre to be contended with?
Iron Man wasn’t a household name. Captain America wasn’t a household name. Thor wasn’t.
And yet. All of them are looking at three movies apiece, (or have had three movies, in Tony’s case.)
Natasha is the first Marvel heroine to gain traction in the movies. Saying we shouldn’t demand a Black Widow film because ‘some other heroine’ deserves it more not only feeds into the misogynistic trope of pitting women against one another in some twelve dimensional chess game of bullshittery, it also puts women in competition with one another.
Natasha shouldn’t have to compete with a hundred other heroines for her movie. Natasha should get her own movie. So should Captain Marvel. So should She-Hulk. So should the Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman, Valkyrie, Monica Rambeau, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, Maria Hill, Bobbi Morse, fucking every last one of them deserves a movie as much as Natasha.
Except none of them are an Avenger in the MCU right now. Natasha is the only one of those women (except, possibly, for Maria Hill), who has any clout with executives right now. That’s a shitty situation, but it’s not because of women; it’s because of gross sexism perpetuated by men.
Natasha has the best chance to get her own movie right now. She has people talking about her, she has a starring role in one of the biggest box-office hits of all time as well as prior appearances in the MCU to fall back on, she has incredibly vocal support from nearly every corner of the Marvel sphere aside from your gross dudebros.
Natasha is finally a force to be reckoned with when it comes to getting her own movie. People telling us otherwise are just trying to make sure we don’t keep shouting for a Black Widow movie as loud as we possibly can. She has the clout. She has the support. She has the backing. And she is, right now, simply the only woman in the MCU with any hope of getting a solo movie.
The problem lies not with the fact that it’s Natasha who’s got the best chance of a solo movie, but the executives and marketers and assorted corporate shenanigans that adhere to the Smurfette principle in superhero films. Natasha’s the only one who’s got a hope of a solo film, and whether or not Carol Danvers or anyone else deserves one is irrelevant.
Natasha can be the first. And she can prove there’s room for more than one woman in superhero comics. That’s the only way we’re going to get the superheroine films we deserve. Because it’s about more than her, or other characters you like or don’t like. It’s about sexism and media and things a lot more complex than whether or not you find Black Widow ‘interesting’ or ‘movie-worthy.’
She deserves a movie anyway. Because that’s going to make more opportunities for other women to get superhero movies about them, too.