Like a scene straight out of the Bolshoi, Black Widow from writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee is rekindling a romance between Natasha Romanoff and the Winter Soldier. And while the two Soviet spies are definitely DTF, the baggage between the two of them might prove too much to overcome, at least that’s what the two comic creators think when they spoke to Marvel about the romance.
Black Widow is a solo comic that focuses on Natasha’s escape from S.H.I.E.L.D. and adventures in Russia, where her past is rearing its ugly head once again. It is one of the best comics of 2016, and a great reason for a Black Widow standalone film. Combining Waid’s intricate spy fiction with Samnee’s distinct style and eye for choreography, comparing Black Widow to a ballet seems almost too perfect. However, it’s the recent reintroduction of the Winter Soldier that has everyone asking if the two spies who’ve come in from the cold won’t choose to warm each other up.
“For starters, Bucky and Natasha have an obvious physical chemistry. Sure, that may not sustain a long-term relationship, but they could build on it,” explains Waid about the two spy honeypots.
“And of course, they’ve already dated. Granted, it didn’t last, but at least they know what to expect,” chimes in Samnee about the fact that two had previously dated. Unfortunately Samnee also thinks that this is a huge roadblock to any true relationship between the two. “Their shared history means they have a lot in common, both good and bad. They get each other, but they also have a lot of the same scars and baggage, which may not make for a great relationship dynamic.”
However, Waid does think the two have at least one common feature to build a solid bedrock under their relationship. “Finally, and maybe most importantly, they could bond over their shared love of Steve Rogers.”
It’s good to know Captain America comes in for the save in the Cold War’s most complicated entanglement to date, but the future of the Romanoff/Barnes relationship is still pretty up in the air.
Black Widow #9 hits comic book stores and digital retailers December 21, 2016.