Natasha: I love high heels, don’t you? Benjamin Gamboza, hot-shot attorney. You drive a BMW, enjoy egg whtie omelets at the café in your building… and when you call a hooker— after every case you win— you prefer blondes. Women who don’t look like your wife. Except you don’t beat the hookers.
Gamboza: I don’t—
Natasha: Ah. You sweet, brutal man. No protests, please. I’m very precise in my resarch. And your wife has caught my eye over the past mont. We go to the same coffee shop. I jog there. She always arrives by cab. I know how a woman should move, Benjamin. And I know how a woman moves when she’s in pain. I know that look in a woman’s eye. Divorce her. Give her a lot of money. Or I’ll come for you again. And again. And again.

From Black Widow #1 by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuña.

Bobbi: If I did expose you to repeated low doses of an experimental neurotoxin during our marriage it was only to inoculate you. And because I didn’t want to use it myself until I knew it worked.
Clint: You poisoned me?

Clint: Natasha, please tell me you’re not experimenting with those old Russian poisons again.
Natasha: I only paralyzed you for a week, Clint. You need to let that go.

From Mockingbird #4 by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk, & Astonishing X-men #62 by Marjorie Liu and Gabriel Hernandez Walta.


all, everything that i understand,” he wrote, “i understand only because i love.” but words on a page didn’t teach me that lesson. i learned it on my own. i learned it from a ribbon tied around my ring finger. i learned it from a kick inside my belly. i learned it from death, and hardship, and brief acts of inexplicable kindness. no matter where i’ve gone, or what i’ve done—all the dark things i do not regret, but will never speak of— that is a part of me that i have always kept safe.

 favorite comics: black widow vol. 7 by marjorie liu and daniel acuna

Natasha: You’re a good fighter. One of the best, I’m told. You’re also supposed to have a gift for strategy. But tonight, I didn’t see it. You let your emotions rule.
Laura: My… emotions.
Natasha: Don’t look so surprised. You’re not immune to anger. No one is. But you’re not a blunt force object, either. You can be better.
Laura: You. Have watched… me.
Natasha: I’ve had my eye on you for a while. I don’t ignore potential.

From X-23 #20 by Marjorie Liu and Phil Noto.

Jeph Loeb announced a Black Widow/Punisher animated film about a year back, so I wasn’t surprised to see it being officially announced and trailered and everything. I was surprised to see Jennifer Carpenter doing Natasha’s voice, but a good kind of surprise. And then I found another good surprise on

“Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher” was directed by Kenichi Shimizu, with a story by Marjorie Liu and screenplay by Mitsutaka Hirota.

I am going to repeat that with italics: they got Marjorie Liu to write this thing.