Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set

Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set

by Sherry Ginn

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First appearing in Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, was introduced to movie audiences in Iron Man 2 (2010). Her character has grown in popularity with subsequent Marvel films, and fans have been vocal about wanting to see Black Widow in a titular role. Romanoff has potent appeal: a strong female character who is not defined by her looks or her romantic relationships, with the skill set of a veteran spy first for the KGB, then for S.H.I.E.L.D. This collection of new essays is the first to examine Black Widow and her development, from Cold War era comics to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476627168
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 1,010,138
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sherry Ginn is a retired educator currently living in North Carolina. She has authored books examining female characters on science fiction television series as well as the multiple television worlds of Joss Whedon. Edited collections have examined sex in science fiction, time travel, the apocalypse, and the award-winning series Farscape, Doctor Who, and Fringe.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Black Widow’s Place in Marvel’s Universes and Our Own (Sherry Ginn) 1
A “very specific skill set”: Black Widow’s Use of Language in The Avengers (Malgorzata Drewniok) 11
In Search of the Complete Female Character in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (Heather M. Porter) 22
Front and Center: Examining Black Widow Fanvids (Samira Nadkarni) 38
“Eyes front, Ivan!” The Comic Books’ Journey through
  Fashions and Men (Valerie Estelle Frankel) 52
Feminism in American Cinema: The Many Incarnations of
  Black Widow (Jillian Coleman Benjamin) 72
Red Rooms, Conditioning Chairs and Needles in the Brain:
  Brainwashing and Mind Control in the Whedon and Marvel Universes (Sherry Ginn) 88
Joss Whedon’s Radical Icon of Third Wave Feminism
(Lewis Call) 106
Athena’s Daughter: Black Widow’s Impact Aesthetic (David Kociemba) 128
The Elusive Black Widow Film: Fan-Made Texts as Social Desire Paths (Tanya R. Cochran) 149
Videography 167
About the Contributors 171
Index 173

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