Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” is the long overdue action-packed standalone about the fan-favorite female Avenger. Scarlet Johansson reprises the titular role who has been an vital part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since her induction back in 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” However, she never got her chance to grace the screen out of her male counterparts’ shadow until now. And the members of the press who got a chance to see an early preview of it have mixed but mostly positive things to say about it.
Many praised it for being an homage to those classic spy thrillers and plays around with the idea of family but in a very Marvel way. Others say Florence Pugh, who plays Yelena, is a welcomed addition to the long running cinematic universe. So here are a few tweets that we pulled form.
We’ll start here, with our own views on the film.
#BlackWidow is a throwback to cold dark global espionage thrillers but w/ a #Marvel twist. Though smaller in scale, it leaves an impact w/ impressive action set pieces, a strong and compassionate introspective story, and humorous spy family dynamics. Wish we got this sooner. pic.twitter.com/zxHtNnvSsg
— Michael Lee (@IamMichaelJLee) June 17, 2021
#BlackWidow! Natasha gets her backstory and we ARE set up for future MCU films and shows! Definitely action-packed (the stunts were fantastic). The film is entertaining but the backstory is devastatingly emotional. The cast had powerful & familial chemistry & Florence Pugh shined pic.twitter.com/YCpLLPzYsJ
— Tee/ThatsITLA (@ThatsITLA) June 17, 2021
A bit choppy at times, #BlackWidow is pretty fun, esp the action scenes. The fight scenes were incredible – on par w/ Winter Soldier. I really loved the action in this film. As a fan of Widow for years, we see so much humanity from Natasha & her past. We learn so much. pic.twitter.com/5o2fvhmr92
— Laura ลอร’า 劳拉 (@lsirikul) June 17, 2021
#BlackWidow is a fun tense spy thriller & we get to know Natasha’s emotional story. @Florence_Pugh is fantastic as Yelena Belova & steals the show! Big action scenes & great cinematography. #MCU pic.twitter.com/4Ydo327ysG
— Jana On Camera at home! (@janaoncamera) June 17, 2021
I got to watch #BLACKWIDOW! No plot spoilers but it’s a non-stop, edge-of-your seat, action thriller w/ the same DNA as The Winter Soldier. THREAD 1/ #Marvel #MCU @marvelstudios @theblackwidow pic.twitter.com/WlCjzyEGw9
— POC Culture (@POC_Culture) June 17, 2021
So good to see an #MCU movie again! And so glad the first in 2 years is #BlackWidow! It is brimming with terrific performances, great new characters, and the best MCU action scenes since #WinterSoldier! The perfect blend of Bourne and MCU, and just so much fun! @theblackwidow
— The Nerds of Color (@TheNerdsofColor) June 17, 2021
Of course, there are those critics who feel that it didn’t meet their expectations, but still liked it enough.
BLACK WIDOW wants to be BOURNE IDENTITY but ends up more like BOURNE LEGACY. The biggest “should’ve been a Disney+ show” energy
— Hoai-Tran Bui (@htranbui) June 17, 2021
#BlackWidow isn’t the worst MCU movie, but unfortunately, it’s not the best either. It’s just a middle-tier Marvel film that’s simply just okay. It had the opportunity to be good, but it stumbles several times. Although this is Scarlett’s film, Florence Pugh steals the show. pic.twitter.com/SjQGNHECFP
— Mark Pacis 💜💛⚫️🐍 (@PacManNR7) June 17, 2021
And then there those who see it falling short of the high bar that Marvel has set.
Black Widow is so disappointing. Scarlett Johansson tries, but the script, pacing, & poor character development sink the film. Starts off promising but by the second act becomes a disjointed & uneven mess. Generic, uninspired, & ultimately lacking the Marvel Magic. #BlackWidow pic.twitter.com/rGJu51aJxS
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) June 17, 2021
At the end of the day, these are just all differing opinions from a number of critics and editors who were fortunate enough to see it. Ultimately, it’s up to you whether or not it is a good film after you walk out the theater (or get up off the couch if you see it on Disney+’s Premiere Access).
David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and Ray Winstone also star.
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
“Black Widow” opens in theaters and launches on Disney+ Premiere Access on July 9, 2021.