Finally an MCU movie with a female lead
What’s it about?
Soon after Natasha goes on the run post-Civil War, this between-the-blockbusters flick finally gives us a Black Widow backstory.
What did we think?
Anthony Sherratt says: 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 frequently) and is a welcome side-story that, although long overdue, gives greater depth to the MCU. Not to mention a bit more humanity.
Elizabeth Best says: It should never have taken this bloody long for Natasha Romanoff to get her own big screen flick but it’s worth the wait. An 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. 3.8 / 5 stars