I like Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow. She looks great, she’s a complex character and she was half of what I define as the best and most emotive (fight) scene in Avengers Endgame, wherein (spoiler) she (a heroine who’s devoted her post-’Snap’ life to protecting people) and Hawkeye (a father who lost his family in ‘The Snap’ and responded by embarking on a killing spree) fought each other because both wanted to be the human sacrifice required to earn an Infinity Stone that they hoped would be able to bring back those lost in ‘The Snap’. Black Widow ‘wins’ the fight and hurls herself to her death – becoming one of only two heroes to die in the movie, and a true martyr. She even made it onto my dresser line-up of personal heroines (see above). So, I was thrilled to hear that a standalone Black Widow movie was in the pipeline – and convinced that she would be more than a feminist icon; until I read this article. Excerpt:
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,” said Johansson. “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.”
A cinematic tragedy.
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