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Black Widow - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Black Widow - Five Reasons You'll Love It

First things first, be warned, we're 13 years and 24 movies into the life of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so you can expect a few spoilers in this write-up.

 

Given Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff had been playing key roles in Marvel movies all the way back to Iron Man 2, it's staggering that it's taken her this long to get to headline. 

As well as her roles in the Avengers trilogy, Johansson had also starred in two Captain Americas, and, after the release of Black Widow, will depart the MCU with nine credits to her name. 

For her headline performance, which has been long discussed and heavily delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we're going back, with this movie set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, where Romanoff is on the run after the epic fallout between the Avengers. 

Her character's origins, which were introduced to us all in Avengers: Assemble, are as a spy and an assassin, trained by the KGB in a secretive academy called the Red Room which involved training as a ballerina as a cover. But, as we soon discovered, she later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Now, on the run, Romanoff's past suddenly catches up with her...

Starring alongside Johansson in this epic blockbuster are Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz. 

Cate Shortland, director of Lore and Berlin Syndrome, takes charge, working from a script from Thor: Ragnarok co-writer Eric Pearson. 

The film is in cinemas now, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love this hard-hitting new chapter in the MCU...

 

It's wall to wall action...

It turns out that Natasha Romanoff's trip down memory lane is an explosive one, in every sense of the word. From a breathless chase through the streets of Budapest, a cold slug-a-thon in Norway and an epic finale high above it all, the film is a physical, wince-inducing, rollercoaster. 

 

The casting is on point...

Weisz and Harbour bring humour and humanity as Romanoff's adopted parents, while Ray Winstone delivers a classic villain performance. The best of all is though...

 

Florence Pugh adds another string to her bow...

We've seen her lead an epic Scottish medieval adventure, terrify us in a spooky summer horror, wrestle her way to the top and light up dark drama Lady Macbeth, now we witness her prove her action chops and then some. She's on-screen almost a much as Romanoff and has just much pain to endure, and, more importantly, inflict. 

 

It's dark and down to earth...

After Marvel's last adventure crossed across space and through time itself, Black Widow sits in a nice contrast. This is a story rooted in human conflict, it feels physical and packs a real punch. 

 

It sets things up for more...

Johansson's journey in the MCU is over, but, as with all things in Marvel, the foundations are laid for these characters to come back again, which is very exciting indeed. 

 

Black Widow is out now in cinemas across the UK and will be released on DVD later this year. 

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