Before you dive in, beware of spoilers for previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies!
Scarlet Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, for quite possibly the last time in her first and only solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I say possibly because *spoilers for Avengers: Endgame* in a world where the literal god of thunder uses his lightning axe to chop off the head of a purple space alien who wiped out half of all life EVERYWHERE using two fingers and six coloured pebbles, a red-headed woman coming back from the dead doesn’t sound so impossible.
In the three days since Black Widow came to cinemas near you on July 9th, Black Widow has taken the Box Office crown and broken pandemic era records with its $80 million dollars in the movie’s opening weekend, doing better than any film since 2019. It even broke into the top 40 all-time in day-before previews with a $13.2 million start on Thursday, which probably stole a little of the movie’s glory on its actual release date but that’s not gonna stop this international superspy, considering it also earned another $78 million from 46 non-US market box offices along with $60 million from premier access on the House of Mouse’s Disney Plus, all amounting to Natasha’s $218 million return to the big screen.
Outside of monetary value, Black Widow did a good job of giving this character that has been around since 2010 a final bow out of the universe. The movie carried themes of the importance of family, manufactured and fake ones included at the same time showing us in full where our favourite Russian assassin was and what she was doing between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, when the movie takes place. The movie gives greater meaning to her struggle during Avengers Infinity War and Endgame, making it that much harder to rewatch her throwing herself off a cliff. Especially now that we know where her green vest came from. We also get introduced to new characters and how they contributed to who Natasha Romanoff was, new characters that we’ll also definitely be seeing sometime in the future.
Overall, this movie did a good job of expanding the thirteen year old and now 24 movie long universe. We’re all excited to see how Black Widow’s events reverberate throughout the MCU.
By: Joshua Osifo