I was never a hardcore Clintasha shipper. I mean, it was cute, but I wasn’t an “I will go down with this ship” shipper. I just thought the headcanons people came up with were amusing. If you’ve watched Age of Ultron, you know that Clint lives in a farmhouse with an agent of some kind and their smaller agents, and Natasha is running with Bruce Banner.
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Number one, if Clint is Natasha’s friend and not her lover, there is at least one person on the team who has no sexual expectations of her. When Tony Stark first meets her, he says, “I want one.” Steve sees her flirting up-close-and-personal. She’s actively developing a relationship with Bruce. (I can’t think of anything for/against Thor—thoughts?)
Black Widow is a weapon. Black Widow was designed to be a weapon. Black Widow is a more efficient weapon when it’s attractive, available, and can entice men to kill them in their sleep. But making Natasha a weapon dehumanizes her. A weapon is a thing, not a person, even if you give it a name. If the guys on the team only recognize her weapon, they don’t see that it’s only one facet of the human being she wants to be.
On that note, making Natasha and Clint friends probably makes them better at what they do. Of course, I only assume it’s in movies where the action pauses to accommodate romantic moments (hi, Ron and Hermione), but I imagine it’s the superheroes’ equivalent of office romance. People can make it work, but when you’re dealing with life and death and explosions, I’ll bet couple drama gums everything right up. It causes collateral damage—and the Avengers are responsible for enough of that without help.
This is what I want to see in Clint and Natasha’s relationship. I love that Natasha already seems part of the family, knows the kids, is friends with Laura. Clint tells her all about his home renovation plans, and then they go fight bad guys. Most of all, I’m glad that Clint always had one person on the team who knew his life meant more than just his life. When he was under Loki’s power in Avengers, Natasha certainly hit him really hard on the head because he was her friend, but she also knew Laura wanted her husband home in one piece and there were kids who needed to be tucked in at night. Being an Avenger is Clint’s job, and he’ll die for it if he has to, but I’m sure they could both think of four good reasons why he wouldn’t want to.
All in all, Natasha and Clint’s friendship is an awesome staple in the Avengers legacy, and I’m curious to see where it goes next! (And, how it came to be; Alyssa advocates a Black Widow movie for many awesome reasons, but I’d love to see how Natasha went from killer to confidante—I can’t imagine it was an easy switch, for either of them!)