I don’t know how many times I’ve watched The Avengers. I saw it three times in the theater and have watched it countless times at home. I still find it terribly entertaining, especially when all six Avengers finally assemble in New York City.
Less exciting, but potentially more intriguing, is the scene between Natasha Romanoff and Loki. Black Widow’s past is shrouded in secrecy but, by her own admission, there are a lot of sins for which she needs to atone. Even though Loki didn’t break Natasha down, she still admitted that there was a lot of red in her ledger.
More than any of the other Avengers, we may be able to best identify with Black Widow. She may be a well-trained assassin, but at least she’s a normal human being. She’s not a god, she’s not a super soldier and she’s not a billionaire, playboy philanthropist. Natasha is just a mere mortal attempting to wrestle with her future, her present and her past.
And perhaps that is where we most identify with her: in her wrestling with the past. Continue reading