- Black Widow was originally supposed to hit theaters on May 1, 2020.
- 434 days later, the first Phase 4 film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will hit theaters.
- Critic reactions to the movie have now finally hit social media.
More than a year after the film was originally scheduled to hit theaters, the social media embargo for reactions to Black Widow has lifted, with the first round of critics and journalists sharing their thoughts about the film to Twitter.
Here are my personal tweet-length thoughts on the film:
Black Widow is like a Disney+ series in that both the audience and the actor are given a chance to explore the character in a deeper way. Scarlett Johansson puts in excellent dramatic work as the without-a-family Natasha, further underlining just how legitimate her love for the Avengers was.
Not having to plan for the future of the MCU also allows for the film to move at its own speed and worry about its own beats. It’s self-contained, and as a result, tightly paced. That pace bears itself out in awesome, generally gritty action scenes with major Jason Bourne vibes. Florence Pugh is a superstar, David Harbour is a scene-stealer, and Rachel Weisz is Rachel Weisz. The cast is simply *excellent*.
Will Black Widow crack your Top 5 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies of all time? Probably not. But is it a worthy addition to the MCU and a touching, propulsive farewell to a beloved character? Absolutely.
Below, you can find further reactions from critics and journalists:
#BlackWidow is one of Marvel's best solo films.
Start to finish, the movie is great. Excellent surprises, emotional character moments, bad-ass action, and Scarlett Johansson finally gets to pour everything into the role.
Director Cate Shortland nailed it. Bravo. pic.twitter.com/sgEkUW63cT
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) June 17, 2021
I got to see #BlackWidow last night, and as someone who has been waiting since 2010 to see Natasha Romanoff get her own movie, it was well worth the wait.
The actions rips, the emotion hits and the new characters joining the MCU are standouts. MORE BLACK WIDOW MOVIES PLEASE! pic.twitter.com/R0JUHThSiF
— Hector Navarro (@Hectorisfunny) June 17, 2021
Marvel movies are back! #BlackWidow is a tense, action-packed spy thriller that truly completes Natasha’s story in a visceral & emotional way. Florence Pugh CRUSHES it & is an instant MCU icon. This is like the MCU's Bond movie w/ shades of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE & THELMA & LOUISE. pic.twitter.com/bauc2XVQlF
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) June 17, 2021
#BlackWidow is well worth the wait with epic action, revelations about Natasha's past, and heartfelt moments of a family. This is the perfect first movie for phase 4 of the #MCU! Florence Pugh has a bright future at #MarvelStudios! pic.twitter.com/F3YBvuqNxf
— The Illuminerdi (@The_Illuminerdi) June 17, 2021
Although #BlackWidow feels very much like MCU films of the past with its Marvel-patented tone and lackluster villain, it’s bolstered by well-directed action and great leading performances from Johansson and Pugh, whose chemistry is the highlight. Review coming to @DiscussingFilm pic.twitter.com/yWAp8W7e4d
— jeremiah (@thespeedforces) June 17, 2021
I watched #BlackWidow yesterday and it's as refreshingly different to other Marvel Studios releases as it is to just have these big movies back. The leads are awesome and the story does some unexpected things. It's the most adult MCU release yet, but still offers a few laughs. pic.twitter.com/ib9F0rX09t
— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) June 17, 2021
Marvel movies are back and Phase 4 kicks off with the very entertaining and action-packed #BlackWidow. Giving us a long-overdue look at Natasha's backstory, with solid performances throughout and thrilling set pieces that demand you see this movie on the biggest screen possible. pic.twitter.com/Pr6qeBlSGQ
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) June 17, 2021
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
Dug #BlackWidow a good deal! Was kinda worried about watching this story unfold knowing what’s to come in Endgame, that it might diminish the stakes, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, this is the kind of prequel story that feels bound to enhance other installments of the MCU. pic.twitter.com/sFcwHzW30Y
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) June 17, 2021
#BLACKWIDOW seems as if it was intended as a post-ENDGAME palate cleanser to prepare us for the heightened ambitions of Phase 4 that was seen with WANDAVISION & LOKI. I’d expect it to be one of the most predictable MCU films that will still be a solidly entertaining blockbuster! pic.twitter.com/3Zh9ynblG8
— Diego Andaluz (@thediegoandaluz) June 17, 2021
After over 14-plus months of delays, Black Widow — directed by Cate Shortland and starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Olivier Richters — hit theaters and Disney+ Premier Access (for $29.99) on Friday, July 29.