Johansson was so determined to avoid looking like a movie star pretending to be a zookeeper running on empty and fueled only by her devotion to her motley assortment of big cats, zebras, and kangaroos that she refused to wear makeup for the film. A big deal for a female movie star, but it works, helping to anchor her performance in the details of actual manual labor—shoveling shit, feeding slabs of red meat to the lion and tigers—that we don’t see much of in American movies. (x)
Scarlett Johansson on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 4.23.13
Guys, hey, guys. Do you remember that time that Coulson called Natasha and she ended up forming the Avengers? Remember how she did that by digging up Bruce Banner and introducing Steve to him then was the voice of reason when Tony and Steve were bickering and then how she brought Clint back from being mind controlled so that they can be a team? Remember that? Remember how the Black Widow out smarted a god? Remember that time she kept her shit together when the Hulk attacked her, even though she was really scared? Remember when she knocked an alien off his flying scooter and figured out how to drive it despite it being extrateresstrial tech, then got her ass up to the top of Stark Tower, found Loki’s staff and saved the world from being invaded by turning off the machine?
Remember how she was the central character of the whole freaking movie?
Anyone else remember that? I sure do.
#and remember how they didn’t sexualize her #remember how she was independent and didn’t need a male crutch #remember how when loki implied that she needed a man she completely tore him down #remember how natasha romanov doesn’t take shit from nobody #especially not a man
Avengers AU: Sometimes the Bad Guys Win - End Game [archive]
Steve Rogers is dead, taking his Soldier with him. Leaving Natasha to gather in the loose ends. To set this new world on the right course.
He’s left her Jessica and Bobbi and Peter. Natasha doesn’t feel fear, she doesn’t know if it was the Red Room or the Captain who took it from her, but she feels better with them behind her. The best of the Captain’s team. All masters of their own art.
She watches the people on the screens in front of her, feeds coming in from all over the world. People going about their every day life with a new edge of wariness. They’ll go home to spouses and lovers and family and they’ll understand. The wariness will fade from their eyes for a little bit and they’ll realize how special each little moment is. They’ll be alive and they’ll know it.
She looks away jealous of these people who will never truly understand the gift they’ve been given.
Bobbi is waiting in the door way and with a jerk of her head, beckons Natasha away from the monitors and Natasha goes. Letting the world run itself for a little bit.