Team Black Widow – Almost Diamonds

Team Black Widow – Almost Diamonds

Could you give us more details about Natasha’s character in Civil War? Like how will she deal with the big conflict between her good friends, and also her relationship with Cap? What’s her point of view on her old enemy, Bucky?


She is conflicted. This is her worst nightmare. She sees the value to both sides. Her relationship with Cap is very deep and is a continuation of their story from Winter Soldier. But due to very personal reasons they wind up on opposite sides. She & Bucky definitely have an encounter. 🙂 -JR

Have you seen the recent quotes from the Russos and the writing staff (I think) about Natasha’s characterisation in Cap 3? To me they all sound very interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing Nat on screen, but there was one about Natasha’s loyalties that made me kinda head tilt.

Yeah, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. Here’s the quotation:

“It’s difficult,” according to [screenwriter Christopher] Markus, “because she’s not trained to take sides. She’s trained to be a duplicitous double-agent and have loyalties for sale. Obviously, she’s well on her way to not being that person, but it’s still…”

This is obviously not true: Natasha wasn’t trained to be a mercenary, she was trained to be an agent, to follow orders and not her conscience. Like, even if you’re an evil spy agency, you are not actually going to be teaching your employees how to sell you out to the highest bidder. All the bad things that went down in her beginning were to amputate the human parts that let a person change their mind. Natasha did change her mind, but I don’t think she stopped being loyal.

Natasha wants to pay her debts, to Clint and to Fury, and debt is a kind of loyalty, a kind of honor. Scarlett Johansson has spoken about this in previous interviews, so I don’t think it’ll be forgotten. (We talk a lot in fandom about “Whedon’s Natasha” vs “Russos’ Natasha” and I think that diminishes Johansson’s interpretive authority over the character. All of their work is interpreted through hers.)

That said, even if this quote is a bit weird, the larger point is true. Natasha hasn’t been trained to be disloyal, because that doesn’t make any sense, but she has been trained not to ask too many questions. She wants to do the right thing, now, and has for a while, but most of the time that’s meant standing with the right people, working for the right things. Natasha’s arc the past two movies has been about learning to make moral decisions for their own sake, because it’s what she choses, not just because it’s what she owes. So it makes sense that the next step is standing against two of her best friends on on the strength of her convictions.

I’m a bit skeptical that she’ll be allowed a sliver of real rightness in a movie named Captain America where she disagrees with Captain America. But I’m not opposed to the idea.

I had a lot of conversations with Joss about what she sees in Banner. Or why is she, at this point in her life, able to be open in this way? We both followed that storyline with a lot of confidence that it was the right arc for my character up until that point…

You know, I’m happy that people scrutinize the Widow’s storylines and care about it and are invested. I’d much rather it be like that than have a kind of “meh” reaction. For me to have people say that would be, ouch, you know? Everything that I’ve done with the Widow, to me makes sense. It’s in line with active decisions that I’ve made for the character. I’ve been able to develop this character very closely with Joss and [Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo].

Scarlett Johansson, on Age of Ultron, fan reaction, and the creative input she has on the character

How do you feel about Natasha supposedly being on Cap’s side for Civil War, instead of supporting the Registration Act like she did in the comics?

I don’t know yet.

I’ve mentioned in some of my Civil War posts that I think Natasha could have been written either way. Most of the Civil War “sides” don’t reflect holy and immutable character truths, but stories writers wanted to tell and team slots they wanted to fill.

Natasha’s friendship with Steve in the MCU has gotten more play than the 616 edition, and it makes sense to build on that in the Winter Soldier sequel. But the MCU conflict is gonna be a whole ‘nother thing, so it’s hard to draw straight comparisons. The stakes are going to be different, and so are the consequences.

We’ve been preparing for the movie since the last one debuted last year. So, we’ve been working on it for a long time now. We’re very happy how it’s coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War and it’s going to star Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier will be back, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film.

Anthony Russo confirming Black Widow will appear in Captain America 3.