Black Widow’s Boobs: How Do They Work?

Black Widow’s anatomy defies gravity in the upcoming Avengers Confidential. Some people don’t seem to like me pointing that out.

Right, so, in case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Marvel/Sony Pictures animated film coming out called Avengers Confidential. It features the Punisher and Black Widow. Bit of a strange team-up, sure, but I was diggin’ the idea until I saw the trailer:

I get the style, I’ve watched enough anime to understand that particularly strange brand of physics, but still… What is happening with Natasha’s boobs (especially at 0:23)? Why are they flopping about like a pair of deranged fish desperately clawing for freedom from her ribcage? It’s kind of hilarious, honestly. So I cracked a joke in the YouTube comments, which has now been voted up to top comment:

Screen Shot YT1You’d think the animators would be consistent, after all– if Natasha’s chest has a life of its own, surely the Punisher’s junk should be dancing in his pants every time he takes a step. No big deal though, right? Crazy fictional boob physics are a pet peeve but not the end of the world. They’re just laughable. Well, they’re srs bsns to YouTube!

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You’ll notice I had to politely correct someone who lacked an understanding of female anatomy. More so than the “typical American,” “never seen anime,” “calm your tits” and assumptions (“so you were looking at them too”– well, yeah, their bouncing took up half the screen), it’s the last comment that got to me.

I’m not the targeted demographic? I’m not the targeted demographic? And?

Marvel Entertainment and Sony animation cater exclusively to men, now? My say is invalidated because I’m a chick, even though I probably know the most about how Black Widow’s body works, even though I actually worked within Marvel for a semester of my life? Nice. I’m not surprised by these responses, but I have to admit I’m more miffed than I want to be.[xt_divider]Interesting note: I’m not alone in my sentiments, though I am the only target of backlash. I guess a female fan’s voice must be extra deserving of vitriol.

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 11.25.39 AM Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 11.23.51 AMAs if the comment section isn’t enough of an echo-chamber, criticism is discouraged, but these thoughtful additions are encouraged:

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What a fun reminder to never, ever read the comments.

Even as I type this, the responses are still coming in. You can follow the conversation here.


  1. Brent January 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I find comments to the effect of, “You are not the demographic” to be ridiculous and sad. Especially given demographic numbers which show women make up half the audience or more. Female nerds are not the minority any more (if they ever were; just because we didn’t notice them doesn’t mean they weren’t there), and the first creative companies to realize that are going to crush the competition.

    1. ilikecomicstoo January 22, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      I agree. I think Marvel is definitely making grand efforts to be more inclusive. For example, Captain Marvel makes an appearance in this movie, too, and she’s been a rad example of girl power! At this point, the fans themselves need to realize that women aren’t the minority as much as the creators.

  2. Steven E Gordon January 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Hang in there and stick to your guns. You’re right about the physics and even given “animation” physics this is excessive and clearly some horny animators enjoying themselves too much and not worrying enough about how to keep things real.

    1. ilikecomicstoo January 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Thanks! I’ve always appreciated your designs for female characters. You know how to do it right. :)

  3. Bill Olander February 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    I was pretty sure that DC had gone on record saying that women were not their demographic but that after the success of the ‘man candy’ in the Marvel movies, Marvel was now opting to embrace their female demographic. Either way, one would really expect Black Widow to wear a sports bra.

  4. Troy March 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Such questionable anatomy in the animation, the highlighting and shadowing and panning around her contorted body, and straight dudes enjoying it and will say anything to stand by their case as other people’s opinions are dope to them… you just know Linkara and LAG are shaking their heads to this.

    And as a straight guy myself, everything about it is nuts, I don’t want manly-man oriented eye candy, I want to see comic book characters.


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