The weekend before last, the power of fangirldom took on a whole new level, and this blogger could not be more proud.
#wewantwidow is a movement that began online not too long ago. It was inspired, as you may have guessed, by the Black Widow, Marvel’s high-profile Avenger portrayed on screen by Scarlett Johansson. The hashtag was born not just out of fans’ long-time desire to see Widow in her own film (that’s been a long, winding road, let me tell ya), but from the fact that fans noticed pretty quickly that the hordes of Avengers merchandise that was released around the time Age of Ultron came out in theatres had almost nothing to do with Widow. The rest of team was portrayed on t-shirts, bags, toys, etc. but even when the team was shown as a group, Widow was often nowhere to be seen. It’s part of an ongoing problem with marginalizing female characters, and further proof that Marvel may just not know what to do with the character. (There was a great article on Entertainment Weekly about it here). Regardless, fans were not happy, and when fans aren’t happy, you hear about it.
Well, on June 6th, we heard about it. And in one of the most awesome ways possible. Try a worldwide flash mob, held in order to bring awareness to everyone’s favorite red-headed super spy. Fans got together at various places on the same day and snapped pictures of themselves in their best Widow gear. Red hair and spy suits EVERYWHERE!
Click on the links to see more photos, but CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? How awesome is this?
So while it can safely be said that the fans have spoken, the question remains, what’s the future for this character? Though both Marvel and DC are releasing female headlined movies in the next few years, and Widow will definitely be around (seeing as how she’ll be in Civil War, along with pretty much everyone else), still no talk of her getting her own movie and who knows what the merch will look like when Civil War arrives, seeing as how Cap and Iron Man will be the headliners of that one. Do you guys think this sort of display by the fans, however awesome, and the online chatter will have any kind of impact on the people who make the movies? Post away in the comments, ’cause I know you got ‘em.
And we can bask in some butt-kicking awesomeness by rewatching all of Widow’s movies, starting with Iron Man 2, then The Avengers, then Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and then when we inevitably get Age of Ultron. And we got graphic novels. My gosh, do we have graphic novels. Kick things off with Black Widow: Deadly Origins, then peruse the always entertaining team-up of Captain America and Black Widow then dive into the current comic storyline with Black Widow Vol. 1: Finely Woven Threads.
(And while we all eagerly anticipate the 2nd season of Agent Carter, we can all bask in the feels knowing that Hayley Atwell will be in Toronto for Fan Expo!)
And keep your eyes peeled this fall, as it’s been announced that Marvel is publishing a brand new YA series featuring Natasha, starting with Black Widow: Forever Red. She may not be getting her own movie anytime soon, but she’s definitely not going away. And the fans clearly don’t want her to.
Until next time, End of Line.