While I agree with you on the marginalization of women - and of people of color, as they mention later in the article - in superhero films (that is a whole can of worms that we talk about a lot on Tumblr) Black Widow was NOT there to be rescued and not to be looked at.
- Did you know she actually helped save the day using Loki’s staff and jumped onto a flying alien moto-bike thingy to get to the top of Stark Tower to close the portal?
- Did you know she helped her friend, and fellow Avenger, Clint get out of a powerful mind rape, even after he tried relentlessly to kill her while under said mind rape?
- Did you know her outfit shows no cleavage whatsoever is actually tasteful and practical?
- Did you know she kicked Russian terrorists asses while tied up to a chair (in an awesome and not revealing dress)?
- Did you know she was a major part in getting Bruce Banner to join the team?
- Did you know she then outran him AND survived being chased by him as The Hulk in a small, enclosed space and STILL worked with him later to save the world?
- Did you know she was practically the only one of the SHIELD/Avengers team to not have a massive, immature temper tantrum on the helicarrier?
- And by the way, did you know we were looking at EVERYONE’S asses in that film?
You are a lazy critic and were clearly not watching the same film a lot of other people were. But what do you expect from a critic who complained that Jennifer Lawrence’s body was “too womanly” and big to be believable as a survivor in a dystopian world (which seemed to be a major point for why she didn’t like the film) yet said nothing about Josh and Liam’s bodies?
*points* *points and dances around* Anyone who thinks that fucking black widow was “only there for eye candy” and “didn’t contribute anything” and “was a typical action female” (in all the bad connotations)
…I can only assume you never actually watched the fucking movie.
Not to mention she outsmarted the God of Mischief himself.
I also wanna say something about the last bit. Neither Scarlett nor Joss are responsible for the “off-screen attention.” Have you seen her in interviews? She’s CONSTANTLY asked fluffy, lame questions about her costume or her work-out schedule while the boys are asked questions about their character’s motivations and such. Scarlett also CONSTANTLY points this out and doesn’t let the interviewer get away with it. She’s a fucking champ.
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