Anonymous asked: I love that we'll be seeing more of Natasha in Cap 2; but do you feel like anything is lost by removing a personal connection to Bucky? I'm not saying her only use is as a love interest; but if Bucky is HYDRA and there is no history between them, why use her in the first place? :/ I mean I'll never turn down the chance to see more of her, but why not just expand Sharon's role and let her be the female lead? Is it just be cause Natasha is a more high profile, well established super spy badass?
Look: I’d be okay with Natasha not appearing in this film and also Steve not appearing in this film and it just being a surprise Sharon Carter movie!! But it’s kind of dot dot dotting the way fandom assumes that the roles Sharon plays in the original Winter Soldier arc and the role Natasha plays in this movie are interchangeable, like puzzle pieces. If the script treats them that way, it will fail them both.
It seems to me one of Natasha’s roles in this film is as foil for Steve, not necessarily the foil Sharon would have been, not the partner Sam can be. Because Natasha is an established character, established as a SHIELD agent, and someone audiences have seen work with Steve before, they can build on that and handwave in a couple off-camera missions in the space between films. Sam and Sharon don’t have that sort of history. They need to be introduced. The original Winter Soldier arc takes advantage of Steve’s rich mythology, the connections he’s made with forty years of defrosting. The MCU adaptation doesn’t have that to rely on. It has to start building itself up.
As for Winter Soldier: no, I don’t think much is lost besides a potential way into future Bucky/Natasha plotlines, and even that is something they can add later if that’s the direction they wind up going. The essential questions posed— SHIELD and spying and what it means to serve a military bureaucracy, about who is responsible, the orders or the person carrying them out, who kills, the gun or the hand that pulls the trigger— this is all stuff that drips red for Natasha. She doesn’t need soft-focus makeout scenes with the bad guy to have an emotional stake in the story.
(And if makeout scenes are your deal, I think the Bucky/Natasha relationship is more about forgiveness and moving forward than it is about flashbacks. The thematic resonance exists whether or not the past relationship does.)
Anyway, Anon, the point of Natasha being in this film is to be Natasha. That is an imperative all by itself. She has her own space in the MCU to fill and her own plots to develop, and if this movie does that then I will be happy with it.