We were just over a month away from Black Widow being released before the pandemic caused release dates to move. Allowing audiences to have a break from these big Marvel films isn’t a bad thing, especially after the epicness of Avengers: Endgame, giving fans a chance to breathe and get excited for the next phase of Marvel projects. We have now returned to the universe a few times with successful Disney+ shows Wandavision, The Falcon and The Winter Solider and just 1 more episode of Loki left.
Black Widow takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow is on the run from the UN after breaking the Sokovia Accords, when she goes into hiding but is forced to face her past and her family.
It feels like we’ve been waiting for this film for a long time, each time the film was delayed we got another poster and another trailer revealing more and more footage from the film, to the point where I thought they must have sense to keep some scenes secretive. I was wrong, everything is revealed, there isn’t particularly a big reveal. We’ve seen 24 other films in the MCU so we’ve known their formula and this certainly doesn’t go away from that. Which is the start of the problems with the film, we’ve got trailers for Shang-Chi which which will add a different aspect and something unique to the MCU, same being said for The Eternals. The film just doesn’t add anything new, we’ve seen a lot of Black Widow in The Avengers films that it just doesn’t feel as special now and particularly in Avengers: Age of Ultron when a lot of her back story was told. I think if we didn’t know as much of her backstory they might have integrated it into this film and it would’ve landed slightly better. Another big problem is the lack of stakes for the film, we already know the end result for Natasha Romanoff when she sacrifices herself for the soul stone in Avengers: Endgame so just feels like setting up future characters for future projects.
A couple of the biggest strengths of the film are new additions to the universe. Florence Pugh has been on the rise for a couple of years with her performances in Fighting with my Family, Midsommar then her Oscar nominated performance in Little Women, so it was no surprise that with Marvel looking to the future that they cast someone younger, who has plenty of potential for appearances in movies and shows for years to come, with Pugh being the same age now as Scarlett Johansson was when we first met Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2. Pugh has so much talent and deserves the chance to be in a big franchise and I think this type of role suits her perfectly. She might be one of the main characters of this film We already know that Pugh will be making an appearance alongside Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld (Who will take over the Hawkeye character with Kate Bishop) in the Hawkeye Disney+ series later on in 2021. The other new addition that was particularly good was David Harbour as Red Guardian, he seemed to have a lot of fun in the role, even reminding me of clearly how much fun he was having in Hellboy.
Black Widow is a solid film but, like everyone says, just comes too late into the MCU where it could’ve had more of an impact. I don’t think it will be anyone’s favourite entry but there is enjoyment to be had and definitely worth watching on the big screen if you can over watching it on Disney+.
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