Natasha: Battle stations, people!! We are at full-scale worldwide white alert!! I want reports from all stations! I want analysis from all departments!! I want a solution to our problem five minutes ago!! All world leaders are to be informed immediately that we are under attack and to head to their emergency bunkers! (Need some heroes…) Inform all members of the initiative that we are on high alert and await further instruction! (Need a big brain…) Find Reed Richards!! And let me know when we’re ready to get this boat back up in the sky!
Carol: She’s in charge now?
Jan: Oh, she’s in charge. (Not bad.)
Natasha: Avengers— Ultron. We lost visual. Go!!
Here’s another thing Bendis did: he put Natasha back on the Avengers. See, Natasha was with the team for a good chunk of the nineties, and chairperson for most of that period, but it all ended when Marvel decided to reboot their A-listers in a pocket dimension in the mind of Franklin Richards. (Comics, everybody!) Back in the main Marvel Universe, Natasha believed her whole team had been killed on her watch, and suffered a year of survivor’s guilt. It was actually an interesting set of plotlines for Natasha, but for a while she thought she made for good spy, but a poor superhero— a bad Avenger.
She was off the team for nearly a decade, and part of that was because she didn’t think she was good enough.
But Bendis put her back on the line-up. He put her back on the line-up and he had her lead and he had her be good at it. This moment was a kind of redemption.
From Mighty Avengers #3, by Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho.