If I have one favorite element to this tapestry, it’s the Black Widow. I decided (late in the game) that she did need a theme, a calling card… I told Alan he needed to evoke her background and identity in her first cue. Which he did. A lonely, plucked, Soviet scent to define our girl. I heard it. Then I heard it again, battling against Loki’s theme, as they battled for verbal supremacy on the Helicarrier. And again, rich with doleful strings as she revealed to her best friend that Loki had touched her more than she’d shown…and then, as she battles onto an alien chariot, the same minor refrain blossoms into heroic glory, as galvanizing as the team theme itself.
I only asked for the one.
Joss Whedon’s introduction to the Avengers OST.
To build a better world means sometimes tearing the old one down.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
As egos collide, Black Widow—street name, Natasha Romanova—is the only character who does not throw a monstrous hissyfit. The only character to gather actionable intelligence against Loki from Loki. The character who not only literally kicks sense back into the brainwashed Hawkeye, but then absolves him of any sins performed while under the loony god’s spell.
You want fearless? When midtown Manhattan is swarming with thousands of robo-aliens, the dreaded Chitauri, Black Widow commandeers one of their slippery aero-sleds and flies it to steal Loki’s glowing phallic scimitar so as to save the world so Iron Man can blow up the aliens.