That was kind of the point of Ultimate Black Widow but I see your point. Let’s get somebody who has actual powers, something significant to add to the team, and most importantly has a personality.
Okay first off,
1.) Not having superpowers =/= automatically being useless and not significant. Technically, the only people on the Avengers who do have superpowers, are Bruce and Thor. So if you’re gonna bitch about Black Widow being “not significant” you’re gonna have to apply that as well to almost everyone on the Avengers team. You don’t get to pick and choose who to harp and shit on in this case.
2.) Accomplishments Natasha has done:
-Recruiting the Hulk (because Banner wouldn’t automatically think to attack/run from a small redhead).
-Getting information out of Loki (who thought he knew all her weaknesses from the start because, again, small redhead)
-Shutting down the portal (because there was literally no one else who could be spared to do it. Seriously, all the big guns were on the battlefield and Selvig had to help shut it down from his computer. SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE AVAILABLE AND WILLING AND CAPABLE.)
She was both very important to the plot of the movie, and her backstory and personality was very important and unique in a storytelling sense. She totally added to both the actual in-universe events, and to the movie as a whole, in ways that had nothing to do with being the lone woman. The movie would be substantially different without her. You lose this round again.
3.) Being skilled and good at the job they hold does not actually make a character one dimensional or have “no personality.” You might want to check out Marjorie Liu’s run on Black Widow, if you actually give a single iota of a fuck to know anything about the character.
You can dislike her all you want, but going “waaahhh Black Widow was useless” makes you dumb as shit.
Do me a favor and staple all your fingers together
[on diversity in media] I think its social responsibility. I think it’s our responsibility to stand up and say what we want. It think if you look at television in the past two years, it’s becoming the decade of the female. Like, all these new shows with female leads. Even if you look at television, as well as cable, as well as films, there’s been a resurgence, as far as the leading woman in Hollywood, which is great. And I think we’re also at the point now…you know, it’s interesting…x