mapone romanova

the-red-paintings  asked:

Hey you may have covered this before, but speaking of Nat and Matt, what did you think of the DD End of Days hypothetical situation?

I thought Daredevil: End of Days was ambitious, beautifully illustrated, and also ridiculous and self-indulgent. It’s Bendis’s kidfic AU, so, um, there you go. But there are two Natasha situations worth talking about. There’s this situation:

Fury: Natasha died four years ago.
Ben: Dead?
Fury: Died. Dead.
Ben: How?
Fury: The Avengers. A skrull thing. We kept it quiet. Her request.

Natasha dying off-panel is never my favorite thing, but this sort of thing is the bread and butter of grim future AUs. In this scenario, Natasha a) doesn’t die alone and b) isn’t killed by fucking Bullseye, so I’ll call this a win, at least on the grading scale of the Daredevil franchise. I could believe, to reference Bendis’s earlier run, that Natasha got to go out when she wanted to. Since this is a future AU where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter, it’ll do.

But you probably meant this situation:

Ben: Natasha Romanova? Huh.

In Daredevil: End of Days, spoiler, Natasha and Matt have a daughter. Also, this daughter is the new incarnation ninja master Stick, because reasons.

The wank that followed Bendis making Matt/Natasha his “endgame” was pretty enjoyable for me, not least because I got a question about the relative superpowers of Matt and Bucky’s sperm. I don’t have any trouble believing Natasha would sleep with Matt again, at some point, even though that might be a Terrible Idea. Once she lets someone in, I think it’s hard for her to get them out, completely, and there have been a few missed attempts at getting back together.

Now, Natasha having a child with Matt Murdock is less realistic, because canonically she can’t have children. I’m not super invested in the part of her canon where she was sterilized against her will, though, so I’m okay with ignoring it.

I don’t think much in the story implies that Matt and Natasha ended up together. Their daughter is a last-second twist, and both are dead, so it’s not like we see the specifics of their family. Only a few photographs of them together and their daughter, Mapone Romanova. Mapone uses her mother’s name and not her father’s— and the way she talks about her mother implies that mom didn’t hold the highest opinion of dad. The story also implies that Matt had a lot more kids with all his other ex-girlfriends, because footagenotfound.jpg. They could have had a daughter and tried their best to raise her together, even if their relationship just kept falling apart. That is not so far out there. Apart from the whole reincarnation-of-Stick thing.

Maybe they did finally find a way to make it work, though. Maybe Matt only slept with all of his exes after Natasha died, or maybe those aren’t his kids at all. Certainly the story implies he changed drastically after the Kingpin’s death, maybe he couldn’t be so righteous, maybe he and Natasha fit together, afterword. I don’t know, everything is made up and the points don’t matter: you can draw in whatever shapes you like. It’s only as canon as you want it to be.

I will say that Mapone Romanova is eons cooler than James Rogers, because even with two pages of screentime she manages to come off as the child of two superheroes, instead of just her dad. Also because she says both “jeez” and “it’s like watching snails hump in slow motion,” possibly unironically.

Mapone: And you have some serious blind spots. And you’re welcome.


Panels from Daredevil: End of Days #2, #5, and #8.