The Serie mrs marvel It has the great virtue after just two episodes of conjuring up everything that’s good about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, by the way, it offers several lessons for the Star Wars Universe. Look to what extent he is capable of transmitting good vibes that he is capable of making a parody of the character of the Black Widow and that the same satirical scene in which he makes the parody is at the same time a heartfelt tribute to the legacy of Scarlett Johansson and Natasha Romanoff in the MCU. If Marvel does something well, unlike other franchises, for example Star Wars, it is to honor all the characters that parade on the screen and do it without being cloying. Look at the long shadow of Iron Man and Tony Stark in all the Marvel movies after Avengers: Endgame: he is present without us having to relive his death over and over again. And since we are talking about deaths and sacrifices and being present after death, what other character gives his life for the common good? In episode 2 of mrs marvelKamala Khan (Iman Vellani), decked out in her makeshift superhero costume, has the opportunity to save a young New Jersey man from certain death by falling out a window for the first time after a fateful selfie. Ms Marvel uses her recent powers to save the boy and when she thinks he is safe, she does one of those capers so typical of superheroes in which after a jump, somersault or whatever happens, they are ready to collect the applause of the public. Like actors after a play. Some jump and stick to the walls, others cross their arms while suspended in the air and their capes flutter in the wind and others decide to adopt a posture when falling that in real life would directly break their spine. And Ms Marvel’s caper is not just any caper, but the mythical pose of Black Widow, who is not just any character; and it is not just any pose, which has been accompanying viewers since Iron Man 2.
It is not the first time that Marvel mocks in a meta wink, but very meta, of the position of Black Widow and, for that matter, of superhero movies. Already did Florence Pugh’s character, Yelena Belova, in the solo film Black Widow. Why is Marvel repeating its parody bar tribute? In the first case it was not a voluntary parody, but the result of a debate on the set of Black Widow. Now, however, the parody is fully intended. Surely you remember from the movie Black Widow the dialogue that starts with that mythical you are very posing and surely you have not forgotten Yelena Belova in the helicarrier taking the opportunity to fall to the ground just like her sister, the owner of the arachnid position. The film contains a series of comic scenes linked with a recurring thread (which in English is called by the much shorter term running gag) which has to do directly with Yelena’s outright rejection of Natasha’s tendency to pose during fights with bad guys. But this scene was the result of a coincidence. The script was already written and they had started shooting. “I remember the stunt team telling me, ‘So, Florence, what are we going to do with your pose? And I thought:Oh God, I have to think of a pose! And they said: Yes, because you know that Scarlett does this. And I told them: I know! Who would really land like this? That’s ridiculous! And they answered me: Okay, yes. If she really landed like that, she would have broken her spine. And I remember I was joking with [Scarlett] about their poses, and Eric [Pearson]the screenwriter of the film [con quien Esquire imaginó cómo sería una serie de Viuda Negra]was on set and said: ‘This goes straight to the script!“.
In the case of Ms Marvel episode 2 (we are going to tiptoe to the fact that Ms Marvel already does something very similar to the Black Widow pose in episode 1), the pose, the gesture, wants to demonstrate, for a On the other hand, the naive character of Ms Marvel, an unrepentant fan of the Avengers. How could she not want to look like her idols the first time she has a conscious opportunity to be a hero? She already pays tribute to Captain Marvel by wearing her clothes, but Black Widow’s gesture, that desire to copy the posture is a universal childhood and adolescent ambition that highlights the absurdity of the pose and of wanting to look like our heroes in the Exterior. And it’s that ability to integrate legacies and not take them too seriously that the Star Wars Universe could copy. Because it’s the best way forward when the past weighs so heavily.