Steve: I’ve never understood it. I don’t get it.
Natasha: Then you have not tried.
Steve: Natasha, I’m a kid from the Lower East Side who grew up in poverty. It’s a form of elitist entertainment reserved for the wealthy.
Natasha: Pfft.
Steve: …Did you just ’pfft’ me?
Natasha: I did, yes.
Steve: Natasha—
Natasha: It’s art, Steve, and art is for everyone. But more than that, it is about the pursuit of beauty… the aspiration that within us all, we are each capable of achieving a moment of perfection… the right movement, in the right manner, at the right moment.

From Captain America: Sam Wilson #7, by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins.

Sharon: How long do we have?
Natasha: We’re just minutes from the safe house.
Sharon: No, I mean until they find those guards we tied up. How long until the Russians know the Black Widow was here on a covert op?
Natasha: Not long enough… but that isn’t what’s troubling me.
Sharon: Then what is?
Natasha: If the Russian government was framing James… why are they just covering their tracks now… instead of before he was taken into custody?

There’s a persistant myth in fandom that giving one female character screentime takes away from all the rest. It doesn’t actually matter if they have vastly different plotlines or personalities, they still take up Lady Points, and Lady Points are strictly rationed. Inevitably, this sort of thinking drowns away all nuance and small strengths, and makes “female” the most important trait a female character can occupy. Like actors at the Oscars, women characters are placed in a separate category from their male counterparts, even though the roles they occupy do not need to be any different.

The thing is, though, even two female characters with similar personality traits and skillsets can share space without using up all the Lady Points. Because Lady Points aren’t real.

P.S. Dear Mark Waid/Chris Samnee plz write/draw Sharon again, you know where 😉 😉

From Captain America #618, by Ed Brubaker and Chris Samnee.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #7 also features some of the most celebrated creators in the industry paying homage to the history of the Sentinel of Liberty! Greg Rucka (The Punisher) and Mike Perkins (Captain America) bring you a team up in the Mighty Marvel Manner as Captain America and Black Widow join forces for a mission that requires the ultimate coordination.

Tony: According to his rap sheet, that squirrel of a man has been to prison six times. He doesn’t squeal. It’s against his religion. He’s not going to talk to you.
Clint: I’ll talk to him.
Natasha: No, Hawkeye. This is my area of expertise.
Clint: Great. I’ll come with you.
Natasha: No.
Clint: We’ll play good cop/bad cop.
Natasha: No. It’ll just be a minute.
Natasha: Okay, so here’s what’s what…
Clint: That was fast.

From Avengers Assemble #4, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley.