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Black Widow

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Black Widow movie review & film summary (2021) | Roger Ebert

Many have wondered about how (or if) the Marvel Cinematic Universe will maintain the level of success it experienced with its first ten years — a long-form, overarching blockbuster event dubbed The Infinity Saga, which experienced a soft-close in the form of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

So far, we’ve gotten only one silver screen glimpse into what the post-Thanos, post-Snap, post-Iron Man world of the MCU would look like, and that came only a couple of months after Endgame in the form of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which dealt heavily with Peter Parker’s personal grief over Stark as his mentor and friend, but only more lightheartedly with the broad fallout of the un-Blippening experienced by everyone else.

One unexpected global pandemic and a subsequent year-long halt on blockbuster theatrical releases later, the curiosities of fans (as well as casual and even disdainful onlookers) are that much more intent on seeing how the next “saga” of the franchise precipitates. Ironically enough though, those interested in what lies ahead will have to wait a little longer even, as the first post-pandemic entry in the series (intended as a May 2020 release), this weekend’s Black Widow, takes the series narratively backwards as a sort of “making up for lost time” with a character who has probably been owed her own film for nearly a decade and is now, in the current chronology, dead (spoilers, for those who didn’t see the highest grossing film of the 2010s). While it may not be the exciting next chapter in the bigger story, it is a worthwhile and well-deserved exploration of the history and emotions of one of its longest-tenured stars.

Read the whole review on Substack!

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