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Black Widow: Natasha Romanoff Gets a Proper Goodbye

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Here’s the thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You are either 100% invested or you aren’t. For me, it wasn’t until “Black Panther” until I started becoming invested and since then I’ve been waiting for that next MCU movie to get me excited about the future of the franchise. “Black Widow” was it. Read on for a full review of Marvel’s “Black Widow.”

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About Black Widow

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe— will launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets on July 9, 2021.

Black Widow Review

Scarlet Johansson does a fine job as Natasha but it’s her counterpart family that really shines.  David Harbour is hilarious as the Red Guardian, bumbling through his apologies and begging to discuss his exploits against Captain America to anyone who will listen.  Florence Pugh as Yelena is sarcastic and exasperated throughout the entire movie except for the heartbreaking scene at the dinner table (except if dinner was vodka.)  She playfully mocks her Natasha’s superhero landing, making an ugh face every time she does it.  When Yelena finally takes off her mask and admits how her childhood affected her, does Pugh’s acting skills shine.  Rachel Weisz is believable as a deadly assassin who moonlights as a pig farmer. The female characters all play off each other really well and mirrors the complex relationships between mothers and daughters.

At its core, “Black Widow” is a dysfunctional family reunion movie with a few crazy action scenes.  It’s a study of a group of people that were taught to only trust each other against the enemy.  And although their former organization sees it as treachery, Romanoff and her family end up doing what they were trained to do- trust and rely only on each other.  There aren’t nearly enough scenes of Natasha and her family bantering and I think that character building is the key to what makes this movie work.  

Because this movie takes place between Civil War and Endgame, it’s a bit startling when you realize that we don’t see what happens to the family after the events of Black Widow.  If this is the true end of Natasha Romanoff in the MCU, she had a great run.  

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