Last year I took a good long look at the character of Natasha Romanov through her various hairstyles through the Iron Man, Captain America, and Avengers movies she has appeared in. Since we haven’t had a stand-alone Black Widow movie yet it’s the only way to try and get at what’s going on with Natasha Romanov, the person. And now, with the Avengers: Endgame trailer, we have a whole new batch of information to work with! Some of that information is encouraging! Some is a reminder that the (I’m assuming) men who are involved in character design don’t understand how women’s hair dye works. But let’s dive in and take a look!
We start with the end of the trailer which appears to happen immediately post-Avengers: Infinity War because Natasha is still walking around with that chin-length bleached out bob.
However, in the rest of the trailer we cut back and forth between what appears to be a few different hair styles. This has led to some people thinking that there’s a time-travel element at play. I can’t speak to that, but I can tell you what’s going on that Natasha’s hair sometimes looks like this:
And sometimes looks like this:
Which is that someone finally got this woman a hair tie
Braiding! So good! So efficient at keeping hair out of your face at crucial moments! Like when you’re shooting at things!
Or striding purposefully into a possible suicide mission!
And not just a regular braid! This is a DUTCH BRAID which is an inside-out French braid! Someone at Avengers headquarters has some serious braiding skills and I am willing to start a fight about this in the comments. Is it the new team member, Captain Marvel? Has Valkyrie showed up? Okoye? Or have Steve or Thor taken up braiding as a hobby to help distract them from the psychic pain of seeing half of all existence die? Thor had long hair for a while, vikings were into braiding it makes sense that Asgardians would be too. All of these sound like excellent possibilities. Not excellent? Blonde tips on red growth. But I understand that with half of all living creatures just ceasing to exist perhaps Natasha’s favorite hairdresser got dusted too.
Bonus round: Hawkeye
Woof. On a guy over 25 that haircut either indicates a serious existential crisis or a spot on a Premier League Football team and I don’t think Hawkeye’s been signed since the Snap. But I do think that his existential crisis looks VERY different from your 40-something-dude’s existential crisis.
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