It’s now over 2 years that we experienced the greatest superhero saga ever through Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. After that movie some people actually thought that coming from the MCEU would be no more fun but they were proved wrong with Spider-Man: Far From Home. The producers benefited from following the events after Endgame and so the Spidey flick turned out well, in fact, even better than its predecessor. With Black Widow, the MCEU has gone back to a time before Endgame and Infinity War, so the excitement of seeing anything new was palpable. However, Marvel was smart enough to make a movie on the character that left fans in tears, so the emotional back-up was definitely there. Thankfully, Black Widow is sized enough to be a one-time watch, even if it has messed around enough with the weakest superheroes in the MCEU.
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), the film sees Romanoff on the run and forced to confront a conspiracy involving his past. To be honest, Black Widow always looked the weakest in the superhero team because she didn’t have any superpowers with Hawkeye and, therefore, there was no tangible consequence of having a movie made entirely by such weak superheroes. Of course, we’re not seeing Christopher Nolan’s Batman, who had less powers than Romanoff, but Nolan is a huge talent and that makes a big difference in the quality of filmmaking. Black Window starts off brilliantly and halfway exceeds all normal expectations. But then it seems like it gets dragged down somewhere in the end and the overall excitement of the solid material wears off. But seriously, before that dragged on, it looked like a great film with great action sequences and little use of larger-than-life explosions.
Black Window isn’t a standalone movie, even with the film’s characters. If anyone says the main superhero is sidekicked by a new character then you have to agree. Performance-wise, Scarlett Johansson is as good as she was in any Marvel movie before, but the real surprise here is Yelena. Florence Pugh plays this role and she looks hotter than Scarlett. Unfortunately, she didn’t get as much action sequences as Scarlett or else she would have completely overpowered him. Whatever scenes David Harbour, Ray Winston and Rachel Weiss have got, they are fine. The visual effects are not that great but the action sequences are. With the technical aspects, Black Widow is neither dull nor very good.
There are some promising scenes in the film which might stick with you for a while and the Hawkeye series has also been given a good start which we are going to see in the future. Kate Shortland’s direction is enough to make this flick watchable for fans and neutral audiences alike. However, there was room for betterment which has certainly been wasted by the team. Overall, another action entertainer in MCEU which can be enjoyed by fans as well as neutral movie buffs if they are not expecting something excellent.
Rating – 3.5/5* ⭐⭐⭐✨