WHAT'S IT ABOUT

Minutes after the closing credits of Captain America: Civil War, everyone’s favourite ex-Russian spy turned Avenger turned ex-Avenger goes on the run in this between-the-blockbusters-flick that finally gives us a Black Widow backstory.

What did we think

  1. Stephen Scott July 15, 2021

    After you fall in love, you eventually meet their entire family. With the Marvel cinematic universe we first fell for Tony Stark, then slowly got to know all the other members of the MCU. Kooky uncles, crazy nieces, megalomaniac parents, evil cousins ... you know who I'm talking about. Most you like, some you love, others you tend to avoid.

    Coincidentally, Black Widow is all about family - biological or forged by friendship. It’s like that step-sister you met at a wedding a while back. While some of the things they said and did left you scratching your head, you're glad you met them. Your time together felt comfortable, you got to pad out your knowledge of the family, and you had a fun time without taxing your brain cells. 3.1 / 5 stars

  2. Anthony Sherratt July 8, 2021

    Black Widow leans heavily on MCU-context and backstory - it certainly wouldn’t work as a stand alone spy film - and that is both its greatest strength and weakness. Set mostly in the latter stages of CIVIL WAR, Natasha Romanov is on the run when she gets dragged into a sequence of events surrounding multiple layers of her past. Our love of the character allows us to overlook some of the failings as Johansen and director Cate Shortland do an amazing job of tapping into Natasha’s humanity and her reaction to losing her Avengers family. The action is top notch (though does delve into the unbelievable a bit too often) and is a welcome side-story that, although long overdue, gives greater depth to the MCU. Not to mention a bit more humanity.

  3. Elizabeth Best July 7, 2021

    It should never have taken this bloody long for Natasha Romanoff to get her own big screen flick but it’s worth the wait.
    A action packed adventure that defies every single law of physics to bring some of the most enjoyable fight scenes seen in Marvel for years… you can almost feel all the punches.
    Small comedic moments give the action room to breathe and the story is long but never boring.
    Can’t help but feel of have cared a lot more about Black Widow’s arc in the Avengers movies if I’d have seen this a first.
    Not groundbreaking but solidly enjoyable.

    Also Florence Pugh is a pint-size queen who will fit in so well in the MCU. 3.5 / 5 stars

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