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Black Widow
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Genre: Action
Directed By: Cate Shortland
Written By: Eric Pearson
Jac Schaeffer
Ned Benson
Based On: Black Widow by Stan Lee
Starring: Scarlett Johansson
Florence Pugh
David Harbour
O-T Fagbenle
William Hurt
Ray Winstone
Rachel Weisz
Cinematography: Gabriel Beristain
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: June 29, 2021 (world premieres)
July 9, 2021 (United States)
Runtime: 133 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $200 million
Box Office: $379.3 million
Prequel: Captain America: Civil War (chronologically)
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Sequel: Avengers: Infinity War (chronologically)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Black Widow is an 2021 American dramatic thriller superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It will be a prequel about Black Widow's origins set between Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) as well as the the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz. It premiered on June 29, 2021 at various events around the world, and was theatrically released on July 9, which will be simultaneous in theaters and through Disney+ with Premier Access. It is the first film in Phase Four of the MCU, and was delayed three times from an original May 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


After aiding Captain America and his allies to escape from the authorities in the wake of the Avengers Civil War, Natasha Romanoff goes into hiding and soon finds herself confronting a dangerous conspiracy related to her dark past. Chased down by someone who wants to bring her back to the place where she became a lethal threat, Black Widow must come into terms with her past prior to her membership in the Avengers.

Good Qualities

  1. It finally tells the mysterious backstory of Black Widow prior to her first appearance in Iron Man 2 after many previous hints at significant events of her past in the earlier films. It also revealed various things that were mentioned in previous movies:
    • What exactly happened at Budapest between her and Hawkeye.
    • What exactly happened between her, Dreykov and Dreykov's daughter, which Loki reminded her in The Avengers.
    • What happened during the flashbacks seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron in which it was shown how Natasha was sterilized as part of her training by Madame B and how the procedure traumatized her.
    • What happened with Nat's parents after a deleted scene of Captain America: Civil War stated that she found their gravestones in Russia and that she learned that her father's name was Ivan in Avengers: Endgame.
  2. It has a more realistic story, in a way, it's like Marvel Studios made a James Bond movie.
  3. Good acting given the talents of Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and Florence Pugh.
  4. Really neat directing by Cate Shortland.
  5. Good fighting sequences as expected from prior MCU films.
  6. It has some emotional and poignant moments.
  7. Epic musical score by The Lego Batman Movie composer.
  8. It had a lot of interesting characters. For example:
    • Yelena is a very funny character, but she isn't a butt-monkey either, because she had some great moments, like commenting on Natasha doing "the pose" and doing it herself (only to become disgusted) for example.
    • Alexei is also very funny, being the awkward loving dad and his hate towards his rival, Captain America, further solidifies that fact.
  9. The cover of "Smells like Teenage Spirit" by Think Up Anger ft. Malia J. makes the opening credits creepy, which could be intentional since it is showing how kids were kidnapped, trafficked and made into Black Widows of the Red Room against their will.
  10. Good cinematography.

Bad Qualities

  1. Taskmaster is a disappointing villain, even those who love the MCU could not deny how disappointing the character is. Not only was the character rewritten from male to female, there was very little hints as to who the identity of Taskmaster is as well as the character never speaks until she says 3 words at the end of the movie. The thing is, in the comics, Taskmaster is well known for being cocky and very talkative when fighting, he's a second "Merc with a Mouth", if you will. To see none of that in the movie further proves why the villain is disappointing. While it would make sense in terms of the movie, many audience members would disagree with that statement and would declare the villain to be non-canon.
  2. While Alexei was funny, his character was never really treated with respect. Unlike the other characters, his grief and tragedy was just ignored. For instance, when he was trying to genuinely apologize to Natasha and Yelena, the scene is treated as a joke. Compare that with Wanda in WandaVision, who got the chance to have a final and sincere conversation with her kids.
  3. The opening scene could be confusing for many, mainly due to it being hard to tell it's actually Black Widow until the opening credits play.
  4. It may drag on for too long at times, just like Cruella.
  5. Some scenes may be considered unfunny.
  6. The infamous Yelena jumping scene.
  7. Some people might say this film should've been released MUCH MUCH earlier due to Black Widow's death in Avengers: Endgame.


Black Widow received generally positive reviews, with praise for the performances and action sequences. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 239 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 46 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".


Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Infinity Saga:

Phase One:

Iron Man - The Incredible Hulk - Iron Man 2 - Thor - Captain America: The First Avenger - The Avengers

Phase Two:

Iron Man 3 - Thor: The Dark World - Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Guardians of the Galaxy - Avengers: Age of Ultron - Ant-Man

Phase Three:

Captain America: Civil War - Doctor Strange - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Spider-Man: Homecoming - Thor: Ragnarok - Black Panther - Avengers: Infinity War - Ant-Man and the Wasp - Captain Marvel - Avengers: Endgame - Spider-Man: Far From Home

Post-Infinity Saga:

Phase Four:

Black Widow - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Eternals - Spider-Man: No Way Home - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


WandaVision - The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - Loki - What If...? - Hawkeye - Moon Knight - Ms. Marvel


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