In my opinion Black Widow is one of the best and greatest superheroes.
Now I know Black Widow is famously known as a assassin but I consider her (and Hawkeye) superheroes. She doesn’t have any superpowers but she has superior combat skills, can think properly in a bad situation and doesn’t let the guys trample on her. So I consider her a superhero and I think so do other superhero fans out there. Black Widow has come along way from being the antagonist of Iron Man .
Film critics and general humans often mistake Black Widow (or Natasha Romanova) as a sultry woman that does nothing but be a trophy to the male superheroes, which is not only sexist, but completely false. She has always fought her own battles and usually pushes the guy/s away unless truly necessary. She is a very powerful women that believes in independence and doesn’t like being taken advantage of, as shown through the Marvel movies and throughout the Marvel comics.
She is a big feminist, in my opinion, and I like that she wears a not so revealing suit compared to other female superheroes. She is a big inspiration for female fans of superheroes, including myself. Yes, she did have a bad history and made a bad name for herself but she turned that around once she found S.H.I.E.L.D, which is extremely strong and brave of her. She could have simply ran off again and made herself an enemy or ‘baddie’, but instead she changed her ways and turned into an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Even though she is perceived as being harsh and a bit heartless , she really isn’t all the time. She is quite supportive of the other Avengers and is can be protective.
Here is an example:
Natasha Romanoff: Doctor Banner… Bruce, you gotta fight it. This is just what Loki wants. We’re gonna be okay. Listen to me. We’re gonna be okay, right? I swear on my life I will get you out of this! You will walk away, and never…
Bruce Banner: [snaps] YOUR LIFE…?
Natasha is clearly trying to help him. Even though it doesn’t necessarily work, she still cares about him as seen after he snaps and she is his target. She does sometimes let her powerful façade down but she keeps it up so no one takes advantage of her, and that’s pretty smart and admirable, in my opinion.
Overall, I like to believe she is the premier superhero and other people do have different opinions, but I think she deserves credit for being a strong, intelligent female superhero who is an inspiration to many.