Marvel’s Black Widow has tremendous fight scenes, funny one-liners and still manages to pull on your heartstrings. Here’s my official Black Widow Movie Review…

Black Widow Movie Review
(L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Taskmaster in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Black Widow is one of my favorite Avengers, so having her back (even if only because this film takes place after Captain America: Civil War) makes me happy, Actually, the movie begins by taking you back to 1995 when Natasha was a young child. There you see her with her “sister”,
mom” and dad” as they escape Ohio after a mission. Once you see the girls in training, you are taken to when Natasha was on the run for siding with Captain America about the Sokovoa Accords. While on the run, she reconnects with the only family she knew as they try to free the Black Widows from being mind-controlled.

We all know that Scarlett Johansson is amazing as Black Widow and while Davie Harbour (Alexi/The Red Guardian) was funny, it was Florence Pugh (Yelena) that really stole the scenes with her one-liners. In fact, she wasn’t just unintentionally funny, she also had some major fight moves. It was an excellent cast and they portrayed their characters perfectly. The family had great chemistry!

Marvel's Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff and Florence Pugh as Yelena in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

If I had any issues with the movie, I’d say that it was a bit long (the movie dragged a bit at the beginning while they set up the story of her childhood), the Marvel timeline seems off (since this movie was supposed to precede Wandavision, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier and Loki) and the villain of the story, Taskmaster, was underwhelming. Her abilities are so cool and yet I don’t think they did enough with her storyline. In fact, my family figured out some vital info. about this character before it was revealed making her storyline way too predictable.


As for the storyline itself, I like that after so many years of only knowing bits and pieces of Natasha’s past, we finally get a closer look at what made Natasha into the Black Widow. However, the storyline may be triggering for some people (After all, girls are being taken, they are separated from their families, and are being forced to do stuff against their will). In fact, it seems like they downplay all that they have lost, like their families, the right to choose anything for themselves, and even the ability to have children.

Even with all of that, Black Widow is definitely still worth the watch. Because we take that journey with her, we get to see why she is the way she is. Given all that she overcame and her willingness to right her wrongs, I have even more respect for her character now.

Overall thoughts

Marvel’s Black Widow delivers action, comedy, and a few emotional moments. Due to the graphic levels of some of the fight scenes and mature language, this may be a little much for the smaller kiddos. However, if your kiddos have seen the other Marvel films, they should be good. Plus, you don’t want them missing out on the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Worth Mentioning

Although you should know by now, be sure to stay after the end credits as it gives you a little insight about something we can look forward to…but that’s all I’ll say about that.

Black Widow will launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets on July 9, 2021.

Black Widow Synopsis

Marvel's Black Widow

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige,