Last month on the blog, I started my series about fight scenes, and today (and in honor of Valentine’s Day!) I continue that with…
Black Widow vs. Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers
(Fight starts at 2:02)
OK, I admit I might have picked this fight because I love how much ass Black Widow kicks. I love her.
But really let’s talk about the fight choreography in this because Black Widow actually fights like a girl. And I mean that in a good way. Most women can’t compete with men when it comes to brute strength, which is why most fighting styles that work for women (like Brazilian jiu jitsu, etc) are all about someone physically weaker defeating someone stronger. BW doesn’t just square up to Hawkeye and punch him. She tries a sneak attack, she uses the environment and the available weapons to attack him. She’s flexible physically and mentally. And when he’s got her in a lock and is about to stab her–she bites him. Which is how real, I’m fighting for my life combat works: no such thing as “cheating”. (I’m looking at you Will Turner…)
Now let’s talk about the character stuff going on. Hawkeye and BW are partners. They have history and, at this moment, he’s been brainwashed and he’s working for the bad guys. So Black Widow is trying to incapacitate him without killing him, and Hawkeye is trying to kill her because he’s got a mission.
But this fight, beneath the surface, is also deeply personal, despite the brain washing.