McComb ’24: Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson returns to her role as Natasha Romanoff, one of the only few female lead movies produced by the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). While for many it comes across as “too little too late”, the global revenue proves the critics wrong. Making about $215 million dollars globally opening weekend. 

Julia Schneider ‘24 left amazed by the character development by Romanoff. “I liked it, it was interesting and very awesome,” Schneider said. 

On the other hand LiliAnya Alsobrooks ‘24 disagrees on the movie completely. 

“I thought it was a good movie, it could have been better,” Alsobrooks said. 

Nonetheless Black Widow captured various types of audiences, leaving them wanting more. 

Taking place in 2016 the movie follows Romanoff on the run. She reunites with her sister Yelena as they take down the Red Room, free the rest of the black widows, and defeat Dreykov, the leader of the whole operation. They also recruit their estranged adoptive parents Alexei and Melina. In the ‘90s Alexei and Melina sent Natasha and Yelena to the Red Room. Under Dreykov the sisters faced abuse while turning into strong soldiers. 

Guilt consumes the plot of this movie. Due to her violent past, Romanoff faces many challenges that continue to haunt her throughout the film. And she unknowingly left her sister Yelena in the Red Room, who later on managed to escape. Alexei and Melina also share guilt for sending Natasha and Yelena to the Red Room as children. The guilt theme adds another layer of depth to the movie that made it that much more enjoyable to watch. 

Just like any Marvel movie, Black Widow captures many action packed moments. However it’s female protagonist brings a new perspective to the MCU. One which audiences are sure to enjoy. Overall the movie entertains and delivers on strong themes while still adhering to the classic Marvel formula.

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