Marvel fans have more than just a new episode of the hit show Loki to look forward to next week, because on July 9th Disney is releasing “Black Widow” in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
Audiences will be delighted to know that this stand alone romp packs all the punch of a Marvel movie in an easily approachable package. I watched the movie with my mother (hi Mom!) who is not an ardent Marvel watcher and she had no trouble keeping up with the plot, which is saying something considering most Marvel films require you to have seen previous films to truly understand the plot.
That’s not to say that viewers won’t be rewarded with fun Easter eggs and references to previous films, or feel that they “get more” out of the story for having seen more Marvel content.
The story is really compelling, delving into Natasha Romanoff’s past is obviously of extreme interest to long time Marvel geeks like myself, but the story is so well done and the themes so relatable that it’s sure to draw in even causal viewers who don’t even know what a Black Widow is.
Even though we know Black Widow’s ultimate fate thanks to “Avengers: Endgame,” this story is self-contained and full of twists and turns. This is perhaps a formula Marvel could look to in bringing back iconic, much loved characters like Iron Man and Captain America.
Without getting into spoiler territory the main cast’s performances are top notch, especially Florence Pugh who is a totally new central character and therefore has a difficult job to do because viewers are naturally going to compare her to Scarlett Johansson, but she pulls it off beautifully acting as a foil to Johansson’s iconic character.