❝ More than anything, I think that the relationship between Cap and Widow is one that becomes a friendship and that is way more interesting than a romantic relationship. We don’t really know yet if she’s really even capable of that. Black Widow has so many trust issues that the last thing on her mind is like, “Man, I wish I had a boyfriend.” Steve Rogers is an attractive guy but I think she’s learning how to be herself —whoever herself is. This friendship is the catalyst that helps her to understand other events with Fury and helps her to understand what she wants because she’s probably never really asked herself that. That’s what we see more of developing; between the two of them is a friendship that allows her to be self-reflective. ❞
Scarlett Johansson’s response to a question about “a hint at a romance” between Natasha & Steve in CA:TWS [X] (via chujo-hime)
I cannot tell you how happy it makes me that Natasha gets to have genuine character development before she even gets near a romantic relationship. Don’t get me wrong; I read the shippy fics too, but I think it says something very positive that they know that not all of their female characters need to be in a relationship right off the bat (or at all, for that matter) and that oftentimes personal growth has to be put first. They’re paying attention to the character’s headspace and where she is in her personal journey, and that has me dancing for joy.