Originally Posted by Hawkingbird
I agree. And I want her as a super soldier! Why can't a female be a super soldier?! And I certainly want her with Bucky.
It's not that a woman can't be a super soldier, just that the basis for Natasha being one is so ridiculously contrived.
Natasha has been around since 1964. For about 99% of that time, she showed no sign of possessing any of the traits of someone who took the super soldier serum. She is only as strong and agile as any top athlete, nothing more. You can't even point to slowed aging because all superheroes appear to age slowly simply because of story constraints within the comics universe. If Natasha really had any enhancements, if she was as old as she's supposed to be, one would have expected all that to have been apparent early on in her career.
Not having superpowers didn't make Natasha less important than other heroes. Actually, it highlighted her bravery that she went toe-to-toe with heavy-hitters with just her very human physical prowess and her tactical skills. Retroactively making her a super soldier just does not make sense and actually denigrates Natasha's long history as a heroine.