Black Widow kicks off Marvel Studios’ return to the big screen after a long break due to the pandemic. Originally scheduled for a May 2020 release, catch Scarlett Johansson as she returns one final time as the titular character. Now, the question is: Should you skip it or watch it?
Read on this review to find out.
Marvel Studios Returns
After a long hiatus, Marvel Studios finally returns to the big screen. This time, with the original sole female Avenger leading the way in Black Widow. Believe it or not, but it has actually been two years since we last saw a Marvel Film with Spider-Man: Far From Home released way back in July of 2019.
Originally, Black Widow was scheduled for a May 2020 release, but we all know what happened in 2020. Marvel did give us some small screen comfort with WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the still running Loki series through Disney+. But we still miss those larger-than-life Marvel films. And although not every theater in the world is open and will be able to show the movie in the big screen, it’s still good to know that the wait for Black Widow is finally over.
Get to Know Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Black Widow whom we last saw in Avengers: Endgame. And since all of us basically saw Endgame, we all know what happened to her character and in essence it kind of spoils the ending of the movie.
Still, don’t let that fact discourage you. Black Widow still has a lot of stories to tell. There are still a lot of things we don’t know about her, after all. This film tries to fill in those gaps and then gives us a deeper understanding of what makes Natasha Romanoff the greatest spy/assassin/hero.
Humor, Action, Heart
Helmed by critically acclaimed director Cate Shortland (Somersault), Black Widow comes out great. That opening credits scene to the tune of Don McLean’s American Pie feels so light and good you know at that moment the movie is going to be great.
As one might expect, the film is not short of action sequences. It is, after all, a Marvel movie. The patented action, humor, and heart has always been a proven formula. Black Widow is no different and perhaps even excels in more ways than one than its predecessors.
The supporting cast are great as well with David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) leading the pack. But it is Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova who shines brighter than the rest. Her effortless charm and wit are on point. It should not come as a surprise if she takes over as the new Black Widow. The post-credits scene confirms we will see more of her in the future and I am so looking forward to it.
Skip or Watch?
Black Widow is a bittersweet addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film which also celebrates the return of Marvel Studios into the big screen gives fans of the original female Avenger the send-off she deserves.
Black Widow, though still part of a larger film universe, stands tall on its own and with that said, it is an absolute must-watch.
Catch the movie on Disney+ at an extra cost but if theaters are open in your area, you should definitely see this on the big screen (safely).
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