Early “Black Widow” Reactions Hail Visceral & Emotional Spy Thriller

The first reactions to director Cate Shortland’s Black Widow are appearing online, describing an action-packed spy thriller that completes Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) story in a visceral, emotional way. What more could we want from the first Marvel movie to hit theaters since 2019, and from the first stand-alone film featuring Johnasson’s beloved, and dearly departed, assassin-turned-Avenger? Unsurprisingly, Johansson is getting praised for an excellent final turn as the titular Black Widow, but there’s also a lot of chatter about Florence Pugh, a newcomer to the MCU, who critics are saying absolutely nails her character. Is there a role Pugh can’t make her own? No.

Black Widow is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, with Natasha confronting her past, and the people she left behind, to become an Avenger. Those people include Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) and Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour), who, along with Yelena, all appear to be allies against the Taskmaster, the film’s masked villian, and the shadowy forces trying to take Natasha out.

The spoiler-free reactions are assembled below. Black Widow opens in theaters and on Disney + Premiere Access on July 9.

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Featured image: Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW..L to R: Yelena (Florence Pugh) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2020


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