Anonymous asked: I don't know if you read the new Wolverine ogoing but in the first issue there was a kind of flirty scene between him and Natasha and it made me super uncomfortable because they relationship is not like that at all.
I did read it, yeah. Here is the scene in question, for reference:
Logan: I handled enough (guns) during World War II, Natasha.
Natasha: during the war you handled a lot of things. Logan: You flirtin’ with me, Black Widow?
Natasha: I do everything for a reason.
LMD: Hi, I’m your target for today.
Logan: WHAT THE HELL?!
Natasha: My Life Model Duplicate. An android of me. You need to shoot at something real. You need to shot at something that is, for you, emotionally difficult.
You’re right that “flirty” is not how I’d describe their relationship. Natasha knew Logan during World War II, when she was a young girl— and, “hey, remember when I was ten” is not a great way to frame a pick-up line. I think Paul Cornell is familiar with the continuity involved, since he wrote Black Widow: Deadly Origin, which deals with their shared past plenty.
So, I read this scene as deliberately uncomfortable. Logan’s reaction, Natasha’s response, it all seems calculated to let the reader know this is something west of usual going on. In the bottom left panel, Natasha doesn’t look doe-eyed, she looks like a skeleton, like an aspect of death. Her whole training exercise is built to push Wolverine out of his comfort zone, to remind him that knowing how to shoot isn’t the same as knowing how to survive, and she’s manipulating his emotions to that effect.
Whether the sequence is successful is something else, and up to you, anon. For me, the cameo is too short for me to really love or hate.
Panels from Wolverine #1, by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman.