Marvel’s Black Widow Needs Her Own Stand-Alone Film, ASAP

Marvel’s Black Widow Needs Her Own Stand-Alone Film, ASAP

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I remember the first Marvel movie I had ever watched. A classic move by twelve-year-old me: hopping on the mainstream superhero bandwagon to watch "The Avengers" before having seen any other Marvel film. Watching "The Avengers" was life changing for me—I finally understood all the obsession surrounding the franchise, and I was hooked from the moment the musical theme started playing. I remember seeing all of these people with special powers and skills—and all of them treating each other as equals. I was able to keep up with the plot despite having no backstory (a tribute to Joss Whedon's spectacular directing), and I immediately resolved to spend time watching as many of the stand-alone films as I was able to get my hands on.

Unfortunately, I haven't managed to watch all of them yet (I need to step up my game, I know). Over the years, I've watched every "Avengers" movie, two of the "Captain America" movies, the "Thor" movies, "Spiderman: Homecoming", the "Ant Man" movies, and (my personal favorite) "Black Panther". Despite loving all of these movies (almost more than life itself… I swear I'm not obsessed with the Marvel franchise), I spent years after the first "Avengers" movie wondering why I could never find a stand-alone film of Black Widow, the primary female protagonist seen in many Marvel movies.

In every Marvel movie, I saw her as a strong, independent, well-written female character. She has an excruciatingly intriguing backstory, which the movies only occasionally hint at, but they seem to have avoided giving her the proper attention she deserves. I don't know how many hours I've spent trying to piece together her backstory (given the fact that I have not read the comics and that I do not know how much spotlight she is given when she appears as a recurring character throughout the "Avengers" comics).

Recently, I heard rumors that a "Black Widow" standalone film is in the making. I wasn't sure whether those were exactly that, rumors, but it would seem that Scarlett Johansson, as Natasha Romanoff, is finally going to star in her own movie, drawing all the attention to this brilliant female character and the conflicts she has overcome, moving from the KGB and the USSR to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the United States.

Just think about the role she plays in every "Avengers" movie: she's in charge of her own unit of combat, and she plays an integral part in the planning of attacks and defense. Her dialogue is all well-written, provides proof of thought, and shows off her individual, unique sense of humor. A "Black Widow" film would depict the story of how a young girl changed into this amazing, intelligent, bad-ass woman who terrifies anyone she faces—I can't think of a better story or a better role model to have prevalent in mainstream media.

Black Widow has proven to me that women can fight and be integral to success in the media without having to deal with being sexualized through wardrobe choices and combative roles. She serves as a reminder and an example to all the young, impressionable girls out there who want to fight or be superheroes or warriors. Natasha Romanoff is a testament to independent women, women who take charge of their own lives, missions, and destinies, and women who don't need anyone telling them what to do in order to succeed. Marvel has done a fantastic job of introducing strong female characters, sorry, warriors, into the franchise, but still. I, for one, can't wait for this story to be aired and for this feminist icon to receive the big screen time she deserves.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I AM a Feminist, Because Everyone Is Equal In The Eyes Of God

If you were waiting for me to post a picture of me in front of an Olive Garden you've come to the wrong place.

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Recently, I saw an article here on Odyssey that has been swirling around on twitter titled, "I'm a Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend for Women to Be Equals."

As a Christian Girl who IS a feminist, I have a critique for this article.

I'm all for freedom of speech and people having their own opinions, but the argument that this woman makes needs to be challenged. She asked for Feminists to back up their arguments and I have delivered.

Let me give you some background into my own religious story. I grew up in a very religious family, my dad is even a pastor of his own church, so you could say that I am relatively well versed when it comes to the Bible and Christian Beliefs. Not once was I told that I could never do anything a man couldn't. I had every capability of doing anything a man could, and I'm grateful that I was raised to have my own autonomy. That being said, I also grew up watching my Christian, feminist, single mother be the head of OUR household, and NOT submit to a husband. That did not make her evil, nor did it make her sinful in the eyes of God. She was my provider during this time and I wholeheartedly believe God intended me to grow up this way.

You can say I'm biased, but let's take a closer look into what arguments were made.

God Made Man First

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While this is true, God did make man before woman, God also recognizes that Adam needed a HELPER. Not a servant, not a sandwich maker, not a sex slave. A HELPER. "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." (Genesis 2.18 NKJV) Another key thing to note here is that comparable is written. Meaning that women are equal enough to be compared to men, they are parallel, different yes, but equal in importance just the same.

We Are to Submit to our Husbands

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I don't know how many of you know this, but not everybody has a husband. That's just a fact of life. However, something you might find interesting is that submit has two definitions. The first is the kind where we are under the authority of someone, and the other being subject to a particular process, treatment, or condition. Perhaps this is God telling us to let go of fears and EMOTIONALLY give yourself and your love to someone. As it is later stated in Ephesians 5 (NOT Proverbs BTW.) Husbands are meant to love their wives in return. (Also why aren't we calling out the men who left single mothers behind and not loving them?)

"Proverbs 31 Woman"

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What does this even mean, and why is it relevant? Proverbs 31 is about a prophecy the mother of King Lemuel, who we don't even know to be quite honest, had laid out for him. Not ONCE did Jesus utter these words, and why should it be up for interpretation as this book was not made by Jesus himself.

Women and Men are not equal in God's Eyes

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First of all, how do we know? Second of all, I could have 5lbs of apples and I could have 5lbs of pears, and I would still have an EQUAL amount of each. Different things with different features that appeal to different people, but I still have an equal amount of each. Equality does not mean that we don't acknowledge differences, but rather we allow each other the same opportunities because when it comes down to it, we are all human beings, and for me personally, we are all children of God.

I love my church, I love God, and I love others just as I was taught. That does not mean it's my job to judge people, nor does it mean I need to shove my beliefs in their face. I also do not have to accept what each church tells me, the Bible has many different translations and is up for interpretation, who are we to decide which is the correct one? My faith does not restrict me from being my own individual, and trivial interpretations do not stop me from standing with and caring for my fellow women who are raped, molested, slut-shamed, sold, murdered, harassed, oppressed, beaten, and married off as children every day. Being a feminist is recognizing that women have the same fundamental rights as men, and are equal in the eyes of the law. Being a feminist is looking out for my fellow women. It is me loving my neighbor as I would love myself, next to loving God with my whole self.

To non-feminists and those that are, you are loved despite your differences. You are loved equally. Just like men and women should be.

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