In Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff is reunited with her long-listed brother, who happens to share Deadpool’s complaint with superhero movies.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Black Widow, which is now showing in theaters and available to stream via Disney + Premier Access.
Black widow marks not only the first Marvel Studios film in two years, but the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Things are going to change in this new MCU post-Infinity-Saga, and while Black widow set before the latest Marvel movies, embrace a new sensation and direction for Marvel. The film takes the opportunity to reflect on Natasha Romanoff’s time as Avenger and while this may be a heavy topic for Natasha, who is now a fugitive after the events of Captain America: Civil War, there is some laughs at the expense of his dramatic superhero poses.
Of course, Black widow It’s not the only superhero movie that brings a touch of self-awareness to the genre. When Natasha’s former adoptive sister Yelena Belova calls her a “poser” due to her impractical poses on the battlefield, it’s hard not to hear the echo of another Marvel hero: Deadpool. It seems that both Yelena and Merc with a Mouth have the “superhero landing”.
On dead Pool, the mutant mercenary takes up the comic book characters’ preference for “superhero landings,” the dramatic crouching pose often taken by superheroes who jump to the ground from a great height. In his trademark fourth wall-breaking style, Deadpool eagerly anticipates the villain Angel Dust making a superhero landing during the film’s final act, noting that the move is “really hard on the knees, totally impractical.” A similar moment unfolds in Black widow, when Yelena asks Natasha why she does “that thing you do when you’re fighting”, before imitating Black Widow’s own superhero landing pose, crouching with one arm outstretched while flicking her hair back. As Natasha stares at her, clearly a bit offended, Yelena tells her, “It’s a fighting pose! You are a total impostor.”
While the first two dead Pool Films weren’t part of the MCU, the antihero is now ready to reunite with his fellow Marvel compatriots following Disney’s acquisition of Fox and with it, Marvel’s movie rights. X Men characters. Plans for the third dead Pool The film is still in development at Marvel Studios, and the film will continue in the more adult vein of its predecessors and will become the MCU’s first R-rated film. However, clearly some of dead PoolThe humor is already beginning to rub off on his future co-stars.
Both films pick up the same trope and its impracticality, although it is handled differently in each story. On dead Pool, the comment fuels the film-conscious parody of superhero movies, while in Black widow, the focus is not so much on deconstructing a cinematic trope but on the chemistry and banter between two estranged sisters. As with much of the humor in the MCU, this moment is about finding humanity and vulnerability in the characters. On the surface, it’s just a joke, but the scene’s subtext speaks to Yelena’s opinion that Natasha is pretending to be something she’s not and Natasha’s underlying insecurities in her life as an Avenger.
The exchange is reviewed later in Black widow, with Yelena cheering in vindication as Natasha leaps to Alexei Shostakov’s aid and assumes the pose. Later, falling from a vent, Yelena herself strikes the pose, muttering “That was disgusting” immediately afterward. While Yelena still feels awkward in the classic superhero stance, the moment reflects her approach to Natasha’s heroic ideals, which she initially dismissed for “posing.” While the dead Pool The parallel is obvious, there’s no denying that the MCU’s takedown of superhero landings carries a lot more narrative weight.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian, OT Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The movie is in theaters and on Disney + Premier Access now.
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