The new film follows Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) after the events of Captain America: Civil War. On the run, Ramanoff must confront a conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued, she must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships she left behind before becoming an Avenger.
Fans have long awaited a standalone Black Widow film, with accusations that the Marvel Cinematic Universe exhibited sexism by prioritising the stories of male heroes. Johansson herself has also spoken out against the over sexualisation of her character.
Since 2010 Johansson has portrayed Black Widow in 8 Marvel films. This latest installment marks the first time Black Widow features as the central superhero.
“I think I can say for the first time in years about a Marvel property that the next chapter can’t come soon enough.” Writes Dana Stevens for Slate.
“Black Widow sets itself apart by emphasising Natasha’s past, and her reunion with her fractured, drolly comic family.” Says Carryn James for the BBC. “Not a peep out of those other superheroes.”
“It shouldn’t really have taken 11 years for the Widow to get her own standalone adventure.” Comments Nick De Semlyen for Empire. “But thanks to some zesty new character dynamics and smart twists, Marvel have finally done her right.”
Black Widow is out in cinemas on July 7.
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