Scarlett Johansson has portrayed Natasha Romanov, aka the Black Widow, in four Avengers movies now, and has made the character into a richly complex, compelling badass.
The person in charge of her wigs, however, has done her a grave disservice.
Across four movies now, her wigs have, uniformly, sucked. They've been stiff and awkward and not especially lifelike, and it makes you question Marvel's priorities -- a budget that big and they can't spring for a decent hairpiece?
Here, in order from worst to best, are Black Widow's wigs.
5. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Our first glimpse of the character (initially in disguise as Natalie Rushman, Stark Enterprises employee), and a promising start to her wig career. When she's in disguise as Natalie, her hair is a shiny, wavy dream of princess hair. Look at her. Birds styled this for her.
Then, her true secret identity is revealed, and we crash and burn.
This is not great. Corkscrew curls in general are great, but these particular corkscrew curls are not great. They are too precise to be even a little bit realistic. She's like Medusa over here, a weirdly perfectly regimented and symmetrical Medusa.
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
In a radical departure from the spiral perm, here Black Widow's sporting straight hair in a very blunt-edged cut. It's... too blunt? It just seems excessively sharp. This wig is so blunt it will hurt your feelings. Avoid asking this wig to be real with you.
Plus, she's middle parting it, and that is not a good look for anyone, even, it turns out, Scarlett Johansson. This conclusively proves ScarJo is indeed a mere mortal and, just like the rest of us flesh-beings, cannot wear her hair in a middle part.
Natasha's best hair moment comes when she and Steve are hiding out at Sam Wilson's place, and she showers. Look at her drying her hair, pretending it's real hair and not a wig she takes off lest it get wet. Commitment to her disguise right there. That's why she's a super spy, not just a regular spy.
3. The Avengers (2012)
This is a pretty stiff helmet of hair she's rocking here. There's a real Pat Nixon quality to this. Black Widow is a busy woman, does she have time for this every morning? Is she in disguise as someone with hair that's too old for her?
2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
It's inoffensive, I guess. It's fine. That's the gold standard we've reached, here: it's fine.
1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Cap 3 has just started filming, so it might be too soon to say, but this picture is very promising. That looks like it could be actual human hair! That she grew herself, on her own head! Fingers crossed they keep this up. As the superheroes of the Marvel universe all get into a fight and break up, a girl's gonna need a good head of hair on her shoulders.