ByPeter Flynn, writer at
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Peter Flynn

It's exciting to have one of Marvel's most pivotal and dramatic self contained storylines adapted for Captain America 3, but if we're to be happy with the adaptation, we should remember that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is it's own world. Movies (especially superhero movies), need to break free from the idea that they are a siphoning tool, a secondary product that only interprets other work and never creates for itself. [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) may well be a test for how much faith we have in the MCU, and nowhere will this faith be tested more than with the interpretation of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.

Black Widow: The dark horse of the MCU
Black Widow: The dark horse of the MCU

In the grand, all encompassing, often self-contradictory canon of Marvel, it's important to accept that Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow is a completely different character to the Natasha Romanov she's based on in Marvel comics. This isn't just to say that different things happen around her, and she's involved in a different world in the MCU, but that she is fundamentally perceived as a different person within these movies. It's counter-intuitive to go adapting Black Widow exactly from the comics when the Black Widow that's been established so far would not match with that. Why is all this important? Well, Black Widow's allegiance in the Marvel Civil War could become a little contentious.

Black Widow sides with Iron Man in the Civil War comics!

Well look who's sucking up to the cool guy!
Well look who's sucking up to the cool guy!

It's kind of understandable why Natasha Romanov would get behind the Super-human Registration Act, since she is of course working for SHIELD, and SHIELD itself almost becomes a task force for spearheading the movement. Due to the staggering amount of characters in the Civil War storyline, Black Widow herself doesn't get much time in the limelight. Changing her allegiance likely wouldn't affect the broader story hugely, aside form situating her character a little better.

There is of course the argument that Natasha Romanov used to work for Tony Stark. The first time people caught on to the idea that she could be her own presence in these movies was in Iron Man 2. Still, those scenes constructed her more as a bad-ass PA than a super spy. There's also one other reason why Scarlett Johansson wouldn't side with Tony Stark, and it's called [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973).

She's total BBFs with Steve Rogers!

The Russos must have cottoned on to Scarlett Johansson's chemistry with Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, for so many of their scenes have a sense of organic camaraderie that Iron Man 2 could hardly dream of. Scenes like that in the Apple store helped build up a natural friendship that's fun to watch, and it would be a real shame if Captain America 3 threw that all away just for the sake of being faithful to the comic it's based on. There's one other reason why the side Black Widow chooses in Captain America 3 may veer from the source material.

S.H.I.E.LD. isn't doing so great right now

Just look at this mess!
Just look at this mess!

The entire point of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was to question whether figures of power and authority can be truly trusted. In many ways, the Civil War storyline is a response to that question, and it would not be consistent to simply allot characters in their expected places for Captain America 3. Sure, SHIELD was disgraced in The Winter Soldier just to be rebuilt as an offshoot in [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) and [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), but would Black Widow really be in a position to side with them wholeheartedly upon an event as huge as the Civil War?

What are your thoughts? Do you think Marvel has built Black Widow's character well enough for her to side with Captain America in the Marvel Civil War, or should they stick to the source material and align her with Iron Man? Write a post about it here on MoviePilot, or leave a comment below!


Who should Black Widow side with in Captain America 3: Civil War?


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