[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is coming, and everyone is trying to figure out who will be on which side. In a battle between government and hero, who will win? Captain America and Iron Man fight the side they believe to be right. On these respective sides, other superhumans will rally under the captain and the weapons specialist. With so many heroes, it is unclear what side they will choose. Also, why would they choose that side over the other?
What about someone like Natasha Romanoff? What side will she choose?
At the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widow exposed herself to the world. Everyone now knows who she is, and what her past is. The threat of everyone knowing her whereabouts and her personal life is lost on her. This makes her a free agent. Either side doesn't gain her anything.
So what would she choose?
I know in the comics, she is a strong asset on Iron Man's side, but with the way the cinematic universe has been heading, I feel like there is something else it is telling us.
Looking through the movies where we have seen the female assassin, I can see one trending personality trait. This trait is Natasha's loyalty to her leader and her closest friends. This trait is what I believe will sway her to Captain America's side.
She is loyal to her leaders, and also to those she trusts.
In Iron Man 2, we are introduced to Black Widow and her ninja-like abilities. This is also where she meets Tony Stark. Following Nick Fury's instructions, she tricked Stark, and caused him to not trust her one bit. Even though time had passed, it seems as though Natasha didn't attempt to amend this trust. We find this out in the first Avengers installment.
You know Tony trusts me about as far as he can throw me. - Black Widow (The Avengers)
Stark wouldn't really trust her on his side anyway. Natasha did a similar thing to Steve Rogers. However, her interactions with the two men are very different. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve distrusts her after what happened on the ship. Instead of letting this mess up their relationship, Romanoff fixes the trust issue quickly, and the two work together after S.H.I.E.L.D. falls.
Captain America is also the leader of the New Avengers. She is one of these, and she has shown us in the past that she is very loyal to her leaders. Believing Nick Fury to be dead, Natasha stuck with the person he put in charge. Knowing that Fury trusts Rogers would also sway her loyalty. She trusts Fury with her life, so anyone he would trust has her loyalty.
Iron Man's side may expose her best friend.
I do admit, I thought they were a couple, but the way this storyline played out was so much better. It strengthens their relationship in a different way. It's also the strength of this friendship that I believe will sway her to Captain's side.
She is very protective over him and his family. All this time, we had assumed it was because she loved him. Now we know it was for his family.
With Civil War, it seems as the main issue will be giving the government the ability to do what S.H.I.E.L.D. did all that time, tracking superhumans. We see that this does indeed happen from this scene in The Avengers:
Natasha Romanoff: Are you really that dense? S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors potential threats.
Bruce Banner: Captain America is on threat watch?
Natasha Romanoff: We ALL are!
So S.H.I.E.L.D. has this information, and because of the global threats that have occurred, the government wants to have this same information. This makes the information more vulnerable. People who don't like the heroes could get to this and follow Clint to his home.
But there is someone else this could potentially harm.
The one who holds her heart.
There is one other person our red-headed assassin has come to care for. Bruce Banner.
With the threat of this information going public, it would show the world who the Hulk is when he is man-sized. Banner would never be able to show his face ever again. Anyone who saw him would immediately panic, wondering if he would grow into the Hulk and kill them.
For her to get to see him again, and for him to feel comfortable in the world again, his identity would need to stay anonymous. With the world knowing who Bruce Banner is, he would once again have to go into deep hiding. Not only would the common people be scared of him, other agencies would be searching for him. Who wouldn't want the Hulk on their side?
This is why I think that Natasha Romanoff will be on Captain America's side. Even though she personally won't gain from either side, I believe she would still make a decision based on where her loyalties lie. She will follow her leader anywhere, and with his help she would keep those she cares about out of harms way.