The First Critic Reactions To ‘Black Widow’ Are FINALLY Here

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Marvel Studios


  • 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:

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.

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