michael varrati

I think Black Widow needs the superhero movie that we’ve been lacking: The one that says sisters CAN do it for themselves, and maybe even do it better. If Marvel is going to court such amazing fanboy fare as Joss Whedon and James Gunn for the guys, why not get lady geek gurus like Marti Noxon, Diablo Cody or Felicia Day to pen this script? Heck, think bigger: Can you imagine Black Widow: A Kathryn Bigelow film? I can. It’s glorious.

Here’s the bottom line: Today, I went to the store, and I saw Scarlett Johansson on the cover of no less than four current magazines. If you think living in a society where this amazing actress is good enough to be a sex symbol, but not a strong, independent action star is okay, then perhaps you need to reassess what you get out of going to the movies. For her part, Johansson has joined the chorus of fans in declaring she thinks Black Widow deserves her own movie, and I’m hoping people are listening. This is your moment, Marvel. Take Black Widow’s lack of movie, and let that absence be avenged.

Michael Varrati: Lights, Camera, Action!

In a way, our movies are our history. Art has always been the sanctuary of the LGBT community, whether it be the Botticelli boys of the Renaissance or the Cockettes using performance to deflect and defuse the ridicule of society. Art is our mirror, and it’s been our way of forcing our detractors to recognize who we are as a community. Sometimes it’s flashy, sometimes it’s laced with sorrow, but the great art has always reached the people.