How “Black Widow” fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe
July 9, 2021 - Marvel’s “Black Widow” movie opens in cinemas around the world on July 9, the first movie theatre release of a Marvel film since 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.
The Reviews are in, and by all accounts Marvel's first movie release since 2019 is a triumph.
“Black Widow” is the first solo outing for Scarlett Johansson's character Natasha Romanoff, and the first entry in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – a shared timeline predominantly centred on a series of blockbuster superhero movies.
The movie is set a few years years ago, somewhere between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” and is a high-octane, action-packed spy thriller.
Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson called it, “... a robust and satisfying glimpse into a defining interlude in Black Widow’s life...”
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, said, “... it does dig deep enough into the character’s pre-Red Room history to expose the raw wounds of a stolen childhood, which Johansson plays with touching vulnerability.”
IGN's Nicole Clark opined, “... Black Widow eulogises Natasha Romanoff as a formidable, tough-as-hell hero with the clearest heart...”
After delays caused by the global pandemic, Marvel feels the time is right to release a movie back into theatres – although it's hedging its bets by also releasing the movie as a $30 Premier Access title on its parent company's Disney+ home streaming platform.
The movie is out July 9, and runs for 2 hours and 13 minutes.