Note from T, The Focused Filmographer:
Welcome to AVENGERS WEEK! -where we take a more-or-less chronological shared look at the “prequel” films and characters in preparation for The Avengers. In case you missed the introductory post explaining the next several days, please visit HERE. Let the festivities continue!
Today, Aidy from Aidy Reviews shares her review of IRON MAN 2 and her thoughts/expectations of Black Widow. Thank you, Aidy.
Iron Man 2 -a film that’s definitely not like the first film. In fact, it is a mediocre sequel. Sure, it is filled with fascinating special effects and CGI explosions—and perhaps managed a few lines for a story. The focus here is on Tony Stark, and Natasha Romanoff is there to analyze him for a super-secret society. Iron Man 2 is the typical, high-action superhero film.
The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (i.e. Iron Man); Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko; Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts; Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman; Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury; and Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James Rhodes.
In Iron Man 2, Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) posed as Tony Stark‘s assistant under the name Natalie Rushman during his period of inner turmoil and confusion caused by the Iron Man armor poisoning him. She was acting as a spy on behalf of her employer Nick Fury, who is the head of S.H.I.E.L.D, a top-secret espionage and military agency.
At the climax of the film, Stark’s rival Justin Hammer–a defense contractor–has become the partner in-crime to Ivan Vanko, and unleashed an army of armored drones led by James Rhodes, who is a friend of Stark’s. The two friends face each other in a heated battle, as Vanko has control over the Mark II armor. With assistance from Stark’s bodyguard Happy Hogan, Romanoff attempts to capture Vanko and although he escapes, she manages to return control of the armor to Rhodes.
It is clear Black Widow is still a member of S.H.I.E.L.D as the film closes and will likely be so in the Avengers.
Black Widow is an ex-Soviet spy trained in various forms of martial arts, possessing excellent gun slinging skills and the “widow’s bite”, two bracelets on her wrists that discharge bolts of electricity up to 30,000 volts, capable of stunning even a superhuman foe within 20 feet. With this set of amazing skills, Natasha should be a fierce member of the Avengers.
She seems to have a friendly relationship with Hawkeye, whom she has bonded with due to their similarities–they are both ordinary humans with extraordinary talents. They are not mutants or deities or even people with super suits like their fellow allies, but regular people trained under outstanding conditions that have fought together across the world in many dangerous situations. Perhaps their friendship may deepen or get a tad romantic, but Natasha seems to be more of the business type when it comes to Hawkeye.
However, as far as Mr. Stark goes, naturally being a playboy, I suspect he may attempt to put the moves on Natasha. I did not see anything that could be pursued between Widow and Thor—he has his own issues concerning his brother he wants to deal with. Hulk and Captain America are totally out of the question.
I believe all of the Avengers will survive. It would be a tragedy if even one of the group characters died. I have a little bias towards Widow. I am wondering why she doesn’t have any superpowers, you know, like Spider-Man. She could do as a real black widow spider does–lure in her prey, then bite.
I do hope for emotional complexity of the characters; it tends to hold an audience more than just pure action flying at you every moment. The rift between Captain America and Iron Man could give way to this; they are from two different worlds (and times), so it makes for brilliant conflict. Thor and Loki obviously will be heated, as many people are still emotional about his film and to carry that over into The Avengers would be a nice plot development. A few details about Widow’s and Hawkeye‘s past lives would be nice; we could get to see who she is, her complex origins, etc.
Since this is a superhero film, it is natural to expect a ton of action and high-quality CGI. Also, what does the Hulk do best? HULK SMASH! There will be a lot of decimated buildings and other structures from him alone. With Thor I do hope to see really great lightning effects and a fine duel between brothers. As in almost every film with these sorts of situations, a Captain America/Iron Man team up battle will occur and they will most likely see eye to eye when the movie is finished. –Aidy
Up Next: A look at Nick Fury! Stay Tuned. (In case you missed them, be sure to visit the previous posts for all of The Avengers coverage so far in Avengers Week!)
–T, The Focused Filmographer