You know, she’s been really damaged. I think that [Natasha] very early on in the past probably learned to not care too much about people because they could be easily taken away from her and used against her. And she probably didn’t want to hurt the people that she loved the most. So she never needs them or never invested too much in them, knowing that it would probably put them in danger.
But I think she hopes that for someone like Cap, I think she sees someone who could have his life enriched by sharing it with somebody. She sees someone that kind of yearns for that, but, you know, is also scarred by the series of events that have changed his life. Maybe she kind of sees in Steve [Rogers] a little bit of herself and wants something more for him.
Thanks to the chemistry between Evans and Johansson and a willingness to shake things up, it’s more than just a placeholder between “Avenger” films.
— Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
Soon, Captain America is on the run from his own agency, uncovering a vast conspiracy with the help of another Avenger, the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson, almost as good here as she is in Under The Skin, also out this week)… To that end, the best scenes in their superlative blockbuster are the ones that rely on the rapport between Cap and his cohorts—especially Johansson’s affable agent, who steals a strategic smooch during one of the film’s most playful passages. Chemistry this marvelous never goes out of fashion.
— A. A. Dowd, AV Club
"The Winter Soldier" follows Cap into the present day, alongside Scarlett Johansson’s wily S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Black Widow… There’s the tiniest hint of a romance, though Black Widow is plainly too much for Rogers’ emotional circuitry to handle.
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Scarlett Johansson makes Natasha a fast-and-furious flirt…
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
But for the most part, The Winter Soldier does a great job of balancing its unique story (including a surprisingly large part for Black Widow) with the pressing needs of a Marvel superhero movie. Future Marvel filmmakers, take note.
— Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
Lots of name actors do their best, including the returning Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow… but the spark of originality has left the building.
— Kenneth Turan, LA Times
So in the new sequel, Captain America: The Winter Solider, after Steve (Chris Evans) brushes lips with fellow Avenger and fabulous babe Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), alias Black Widow, she asks, “Was that your first kiss since 1945?”… Mackie makes a strong debut as the Falcon, who, like Black Widow, deserves his own Marvel movie. Johansson and Redford, together on screen for the first time since 1998, when she was 15 and he was the Horse Whisperer, enjoy a pointed, prickly reunion.
— Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
Cap teams up with former KGB agent Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as the world-threatening web of intrigue grows more intricate. Johansson and Evans have a winning chemistry. She repeatedly teases him about his lack of love life, to which he responds, “I’m 95, I’m not dead!”
— Claudia Puig, USA Today
From what I hear, sales keep rising and the reviews get better and better, so thank you to our fan-tas-tic readers, and hells-yes to a female-led book rocking the shelves like that! Onward!