Coming Soon: Black Widow
It's been 84 years since a Marvel movie has been in the theaters...
Okay, I'm exaggerating, but given the pace of their previous releases, it actually seems like it has been a while since the Marvel Cinematic Universe has appeared on the slate in Fantasy Movie League. That will change soon, though, with the upcoming release of "Black Widow"; a movie that has certainly taken its sweet time making it from rumor to production.
"Black Widow" occurs at some time prior to the events of "Avengers: Endgame." We know that because Natasha Romanov made the ultimate sacrifice during the last Marvel movie. I'm not sure why the folks at Disney finally gave her a solo film after her cinematic demise, other than that it might help to set up a new "Black Widow" for future films.
In the trailer for "Black Widow," Romanov returns to Russia to reunite with her family and to take care of some "unfinished business." The nature of that business is unclear, but it does involve a very nice superhero landing.
The highlight of the preview for "Black Widow" is the supporting cast that makes up Romanov's entourage. David Harbor, Rachel Weisz, and Florence Pugh play the lead's "family" of fellow spies, and are very entertaining in spite of being hampered by having to perform with bad Russian accents. Pugh has a great fight scene with Scarlett Johansson's "Black Widow," giving credence to the rumors that she may take on the Widow role in future MCU movies.
Normally I am a sucker for female superhero movies, but "Black Widow" feels like too little too late for me. I would have preferred to see a Natasha Romanov solo venture before the character's storyline was wrapped up. However, if this movie leads to a new "Black Widow" played by Florence Pugh, there will be a silver lining to this story.