#except no other faves COULD ever because nearly every other names character in this film is male #and natasha operates within gender paradigms #she exploits them and inverts them and uses them to burn the best laid plans #i do think she’s actually afraid here when he says he’ll have clint kill her slowly and intimately #just because he could and my kingdom for the two of them when she has a nightmare about the hulk #but otherwise she knows exactly what she’s doing. every facial expression and body motion is purposeful #these strong powerful men with ego problems think her vulnerable because she’s armed with nothing but her body #and that body is small and breakable and doesn’t have any armor at all #but that body is far more powerful than any of those men realize and she can kill with it if she has to #and she’s got no problem with that but her main goal is extraction and you can’t extract information from the dead #so she takes those assumptions about her and turns that strength against the men who think little of her #she allows them to think they’ve gotten power over her and in so doing she crawls into their plans and burns them down from the inside #your favorites could actually never because every other avenger in this film is a man #and a man could never do this
This precisely. We saw it before when she was ‘caught and being interrogated’. Coulson called her and she was done with those big strong men in under a minute, picked up her heels and left. Here, when she’s done with Loki, who has a HUGE ego, not against women but against all mortals, she just says ‘thanks for cooperating’ and goes. Loki’s face when she says that and leaves is priceless, because it take a while to process that he just got played. Loki fancies himself the king of lies and illusion and trickery, using psychological warfare, but she beat him at his own game. Of course he affected her but the real trial of getting secrets is getting someone to trust you by appearing vulnerable, by giving them a bit of truth to work with. She won but his fucking with her just gave her the push she needed to become a full-blown avenger, not working for S.H.I.E.L.D., but working to stop this madness because she’s able and because it’s the right thing to do. Loki took and agent who was just doing her job and pushed her into becoming a hero. I absolutely loved the way they used her skills at the end, the way she figured out how to stop it. I love that the Avengers really was about the whole team and everyone had an important part and it wasn’t just about Cap and Iron Man. Joss Whedon knows how to write strong female characters who can hold their own and the fact that she’s mortal, human, makes it even more powerful. We need more characters like her because this was just one of the aspects of the film that made it so fucking flawless.