After years of fans begging for a solo film based on the portrait of Scarlett Johansson Black Widow In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the time has finally come for the Secret Agent to take center stage.
Marvel’s Black Widow hits theaters and streaming (via Disney + Premier Access) on July 9 and promises to take audiences on an action-packed adventure. While many fans can assume this is an origin story, the film is set between the team-up drama of Captain America: Civil War and the action of Avengers: Infinity War.
That said, Natasha Romanoff will team up with ghosts from her past in order to mend her future. The other members of the Black Widow program, a Russian Soviet brainwashing operation that aims to create the perfect soldier, will play a major role in this solo film.
Although the Black Widow movie took a while to come thanks to fan requests, it hasn’t been free of obstacles over the past year or so. The film’s original release date was May 1, 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed that plan. Marvel pushed back to November 6, but ultimately decided to aim for 2021 instead.
Some lucky fans and critics were lucky enough to see the film ahead of its public release on July 9. Many of the early reactions on social media have been positive, saying Black Widow retains the Marvel spirit but adds twists and turns to the superhero genre.
I watched #Black Widow yesterday and it’s as different from other Marvel Studios releases as just grabbing those great movies. The tracks are great and the story does things you don’t expect. It’s the most grown-up MCU version yet, but it still offers a few laughs. pic.twitter.com/ib9F0rX09t
– Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) June 17, 2021
#Black Widow shows exactly why Natasha Romanoff was the glue that held the Avengers together. Shades of John Wick fight scenes and inventive action sequences wrapped in a heartfelt, poignant story about family and how the world treats girls. Excited to see Yelena carrying the torch.
– Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) June 17, 2021
I saw #Black Widow last night and I’m happy to say it’s incredibly fun and deeply moving. The action feels at the level of WINTER SOLDIER. Pugh, Johansson, Weisz & Harbor are exceptional together. Balances a dark, grounded, raw and real tone. Even after ENDGAME, we feel the stakes. pic.twitter.com/BKuvCPROrU
– Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) June 17, 2021
While the film is objectively serious, critics quickly noted that Black Widow has lighter moments.
Honestly blown away by #Black Widow. It’s one of Marvel’s best – a moving story with great performances and a high-stakes chase through a “Russian JCPenney” that could be one of the wackiest, craziest action scenes in the world. the history of the MCU. Fans will love it
– ben mekler (@benmekler) June 17, 2021
Stars Johansson and Florence Pugh, as Yelena Belova, garner high praise from critics. The same goes for David Harbor of Stranger Things, who plays the “Red Guardian”.
Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh are brilliant as Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova (especially when they’re together!) #Black Widow. Epic spy thriller.
The relationship is so much fun to watch develop and fits very well into the history of the MCU. You are going to feel things. pic.twitter.com/GQiRcjvTeX
– BD (@BrandonDavisBD) June 17, 2021
I was fortunate enough to see the early release of #Black Widow it’s excellent. Like a lot of these latest MCU movies, it’s the supporting cast that really stands out especially Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, she makes the movie. You will appreciate it.
– Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) June 17, 2021
I saw #Black Widow! Intertwined with well-done action and humor is some of the darker material we’ve seen in the MCU, which packs a punch. The cast is excellent with Florence Pugh standing out. I could have done without a few beats towards the end, but overall I really dug it.
– Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) June 17, 2021
Cate Shortland had the tough job of trying to complete Natasha Romanoff’s story, but she nailed it #Black Widow. While the entire cast was awesome at times @Florence_Pugh and @DavidKHarbour hit home runs with their performance. No way the public does not want more of the two characters. pic.twitter.com/CIJTV4oxR6
– Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 17, 2021
The best reviews, however, have been of those who have waited years for Black Widow alongside the crowd of MCU fans.
I have to see #Black Widow last night, and as someone who has been waiting since 2010 to see Natasha Romanoff get her own movie, it was well worth the wait.
The actions rocks, the emotion hits, and the new characters joining the MCU are remarkable. MORE BLACK WIDOW MOVIES PLEASE! pic.twitter.com/R0JUHThSiF
– Hector Navarro (@Hectorisfunny) June 17, 2021
#Black Widow could be one of my favorite solo origin movies in the MCU. There is something about seeing Natasha finally understand her story that made me emotional in the best possible way. Plus, Florence Pugh was born for the MCU, and her dynamic with Scarlett is a triumph.
– Nora Dominick (@noradominick) June 17, 2021
Full reviews of the film – watch out for spoilers – may be released on June 29.