Natasha: Maria Hill is out. Ms. Hill?
SHIELD Agent: Oh man, then who’s in charge??
SHIELD Agent: The ship’s first officer!
SHIELD Agent: Then let’s get him—
SHIELD Agent: Unless there’s an agent level ten on board.
SHIELD Agent: Level ten? Nick Fury is the only level ten I ever heard of.
Natasha: Actually, I’m level ten.
SHIELD Agent: Then where to, Captain?
Natasha: Battle stations, people!! We are at full-scale worldwide white alert!! I want full reports from all stations! I want full 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 head to their emergency bunkers. Inform all members of the Initiative that we are on high alert and to await further instruction! 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!!
What I best like about this sequence is the split-second of hesitation on Natasha’s face. You see, Natasha isn’t a natural leader. She’s very good at planning and tactics and very good at reading and manipulating people. She also likes being in charge of everything. But her bossiness is almost a self-defense mechanism— her life hasn’t been up to her, she’s controlling because she despises being controlled. And she isn’t gung-ho for the spotlight, not because she fears responsibility, but because stealth is something that’s been drilled into her.
She’s not supposed to stand in front of an army and lead it into battle, she’s not supposed to be the center of attention, hell, she’s really not supposed to be on a team at all. But when people need her, she shows up. And that’s pretty cool.
From Mighty Avengers #3, by Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho.