Many fans called it – the first Black female Doctor (Jo Martin) came from a time before the William Hartnell 1963 Doctor. Time to think things over: It is quite surprising that in so many lifetimes the Doctor has never run into one of the past selves before now…perhaps there was a protective timelock or filter to block their meeting? Another actor ascended to the Dpctpr canon (sort of) is apparently the young police officer from earth and perhaps even the faces from Brain of Morbius.
This may be the first superhero film that genuinely feels like it’s written for and by real women (while I loved Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, both women are more alien than American. And both are certainly wildly powered paragons like Superman). As many have pointed out, one woman offering another a hair tie in battle – and even acknowledging that in a fight loose hair is a disadvantage – is delightful.
From 2004-2008 Joss Whedon wrote for Astonishing X-Men, changing from a world of Buffy, the girl-power superhero modeled on Kitty Pryde, to exploring Kitty Pryde herself. Illustrated by John Cassaday, the comics are collected in four volumes: X-Men: Gifted, Dangerous, Torn, and Unstoppable. It has many Whedon touches, including Kitty’s tangling with her equal and opposite – the dark shadow figure seen so often in Buffy.
“Our personas represent the roles we play on the worldly stage; they are the masks we carry throughout this game of living in external reality” (Whitmont 14). All superheroes are superficial persona as well as the subconscious brought to light. The world knows them as patriotic Captain America, mighty Iron Man, unerring Hawkeye. This is truest for Black Widow, a name with associations far beyond her character.