After watching the Winter Soldier a second time- and going through an infinite number of TV spots- I am still finding more to love about the arrow necklace.
Some fans have ranted to me about why the arrow necklace Natasha wears doesn’t mean anything because she doesn’t wear it as the Black Widow. But she does.
In one of the final scenes of the film, Natasha is in court as an Agent of SHIELD, all of her secrets and her past completely exposed to the public. If there is one thing she could keep from the public, wouldn’t be her the close relationship she has with Clint? It was the one secret she really could have kept.
But instead, she wore the necklace, in front of the world. And with cameras flashing at her in every direction, she is smiling with pride and walking away. It’s the smile of someone who has lived a life of lies, and is finally embracing the truth.