Black Widow is finally here! It’s streaming on Disney+ and now in theaters.
I spent a large part of this past Spring catching up on the Marvel movies “in chronological order.” Here comes Black Widow messing it all up. But don’t worry, you don’t need the timeline to get the goods on this feminine powerhouse. Though the majority of this film takes place after the Avengers break up, (after Captain America: Civil War), we get some great retrospective intel. You want to know more about Budapest? It’s here.
Well, not ‘here’ here. I’m not one for spoilers, nor could I articulate the MCU without googling again and again. There is the usual dipping of the toes into sentimentality – just skirting the edge before it’s annoying. The rumor of a certain Avenger making an appearance appears to be just that. The connective energy of the franchise isn’t as powerful this round. Even with some flashbacks and hat tips to previous scenes, there’s barely a spark. Yes, you’ll stay through the credits.
Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow. I’m hoping at this point we all already know this. Yelena (Florence Pugh) is Natasha’s sister, and she steals every scene. Like. Every. Scene. Even when she’s not in it – you’re like – where’d she go? We also get to witness the range of actor David Harbour as Alexei Alanovich Shostakov, aka Red Guardian, (he’ll remind you if you forget). And before I forget, Rachel Weisz is in this mix as well, with her smeared eyeliner and pig research.
Black Widow is hyped to be the Summer blockbuster this year. That is, if y’all go to the theaters to see it. I’m not saying you have to, but it’s exhilarating to be surrounded by collaborative laughter while watching these women slay on screen.
Overall, it’s a action-packed ride with an attempt of a interesting storyline. The fight scenes are well directed and executed. Florence Pugh better come back for more. I’m here for it.