Sunday, July 11, 2021

In Theatres: Black Widow (2021)

 There are folks who are still a little salty over Marvel Studios' decision to kill off Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in "Avengers: Endgame" 2 years ago. "Black Widow" is equal parts a biography of the fan favorite superspy and a flashback of events leading up to "Endgame".

As comics fans know, there is another Black Widow, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). The story in the movie purports that the two future Widows were part of a manufactured family with Russian hero Red Guardian (David Harbour), who, years later, is disgraced. The plot also purports that the notorious Red Room, which trains Widows, has far more sinister intentions in mind.

Harbour chews up the scenery as Alexi, aka the Guardian, such that you could've gotten a comedian to play the part, and get the same result. The post-credits scene sets up a future Marvel series on Disney+ involving Yelena.

Check the trailer:

Based on that post-credits teaser, I've a feeling we may see the Thunderbolts or Dark Avengers in the MCU in due course.

Rating: A-.

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