- “Her World. Her Secrets. Her Legacy.”
Black Widow is a Marvel movie based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It was released on July 9, 2021. Chronologically, the film takes place shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and prior to Avengers: Infinity War. It is the twenty-fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first film of Phase Four.
In 1995, Russian spies, super-fighter Alexei Shostakov and Black Widow Melina Vostokoff act like an ordinary family in Ohio, alongside their substitute little girls Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova. At the point when the mission to take S.H.I.E.L.D. intel is finished, the family escapes to meet with their supervisor Dreykov, who has Romanoff and Belova put through the Red Room for preparing. Years pass and Romanoff defects to S.H.I.E.L.D., believing Dreykov to be dead after bombing his offices, killing his daughter Antonia in the process.
In 2016, Romanoff is an outlaw for violating the Sokovia Accords after assaulting the King of Wakanda, but escapes from U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, and flees to a safehouse in Norway. In the mean time, Belova kills a rebel previous Black Widow, just to come into contact with a substance called Red Dust that eliminates her from the Red Room's brain control. She sends the remedy to Romanoff trusting she will get back to help Belova free different Widows. At the point when Romanoff accidentally drives off with the cure, she is assaulted by Taskmaster, who is after the Red Dust. Romanoff figures out how to avoid Taskmaster and discovers that the Dust came from Belova. The two rejoin in Budapest however are then assaulted by Black Widows. Romanoff learns Dreykov is as yet alive and the Red Room is as yet dynamic. Romanoff and Belova avoid the Widows and Taskmaster prior to meeting Rick Mason, who supplies them with a helicopter.
Romanoff and Belova break Shostakov out of jail to become familiar with Dreykov's area. He advises them to talk with Vostokoff, who lives on a homestead in Russia, where she fostered the brain control measure utilized on the Widows. There, Belova uncovers that while they were not a genuine family, she accepted they were so. Vostokoff parts with their area to Dreykov, whose specialists show up and take them to the Red Room, an ethereal base. As Dreykov compliments Vostokoff, he understands that Vostokoff and Romanoff utilized face veil innovation to switch puts prior to being caught. Romanoff learns Taskmaster is Antonia, who endured harm so extreme that Dreykov needed to place a chip in her mind, transforming her into the ideal officer. Romanoff finds she can't hurt Dreykov because of a pheromone lock he has introduced in each Widow and that he controls Widows overall through his work area console. Romanoff purposefully breaks her nose, cutting off a nerve in her nasal entry to nullify the pheromone and afterward assaults Dreykov. Vostokoff endeavors to take out the air fortress's motor while Shostakov fights Antonia and Belova looks for the different Widows, who are shipped off secure Dreykov.
Dreykov escapes as the Widows assault Romanoff, yet Belova makes a Red Dust bomb that frees the Widows from mind control. Romanoff gains into the power work area and duplicates the areas of different Widows overall similarly as the air base detonates and begins to collapse. Prior to leaving the control room, she gets the two enduring vials of Red Dust. Vostokoff and Shostakov escape through a plane similarly as Belova takes out Dreykov's break transport, killing him. Romanoff gives Belova a parachute prior to fighting Antonia through the sky. In the wake of landing, Romanoff utilizes a vial of Red Dust on Antonia, liberating her from subjugation. The liberated Widows show up as Belova, Vostokoff, and Shostakov bid farewell to Romanoff. She gives Belova the last Red Dust vial and the compact drive, advising her to discover and free the other, still brain controlled, Widows. As they leave with Antonia, Romanoff anticipates Ross and his men. After two weeks, Romanoff reunites with Mason, who supplies her with a quinjet. She leaves, aiming to free the confined Avengers on the Raft.
In a post-credits scene set after Romanoff's passing (having sacrificed herself to retrieve the Soul Stone), Belova experiences Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine at Romanoff's grave and accepts her next task: bring down Clint Barton, the man "responsible" for Romanoff's demise.
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Ever Anderson as Young Natasha
- Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova
- Violet McGraw as Young Yelena
- Rachel Weisz as Melina
- David Harbour as Alexei
- Ray Winstone as General Dreykov
- O-T Fagbenle as Mason
- William Hurt as Secretary Ross
- Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster
- Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Young Antonia
- Olivier Richters as Ursa
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (uncredited)
- Main article: Black Widow (soundtrack)
Alexandre Desplat was revealed to be composing the music for the film in January 2020. Late in post-production, Lorne Balfe replaced Desplat as composer, which was confirmed in May 2020. A cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Think Up Anger, featuring Malia J, is used in the opening credits sequence. "American Pie" by Don McLean and "Cheap Thrills" by Sia are also featured in the film. Balfe's score was released digitally by Marvel Music and Hollywood Records on July 9, 2021.
As the first film released in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow premiered on June 29, 2021 at various red carpet fan events in London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and New York City during the Taormina Film Fest, which was held on July 3, 2021. It was released in the United States on July 9, 2021, simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access for US$30, and will have premiered in 46 territories over the course of its first weekend. In the United States, it opened in 4,100 theaters, with 375 in IMAX, over 800 in premium large format, 1,500 in 3D, and 275 in specialty D-Box, 4DX, and ScreenX theaters. In IMAX screenings, approximately 22 minutes of the film appears in IMAX's expanded aspect ratio.
- Main article: Black Widow (video)
Black Widow was released in the U.S. on digital download by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on August 10, 2021, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 14. All of the home media releases include deleted scenes, a gag reel, and various behind-the-scenes featurettes. The film will be made available for streaming to all Disney+ subscribers starting October 6.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 79% based on 425 reviews, with an average rating of 6.90/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 based on 56 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
- This is the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that Stan Lee produced before his death.
- This is the first time Lorne Balfe composes the music score for a feature-length film distributed by Disney.
- This is the second MCU film to have a female lead protagonist, following Captain Marvel.
- This is the fourth Disney film to be released on Disney+ as a Premiere Access title, following Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Cruella.
- This is also the first MCU film to be released on Disney+ as a Premiere Access title.
- Thus, it is the third Disney film in 2021 to be released in theaters and on Disney+ on the same day after Raya and the Last Dragon and Cruella.
- Coincidentally, all of these films have a female lead protagonist.
- This is also the only film to receive a simultaneous release to not to be released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner.
- Footage from the opening of the 1987 version of DuckTales can be seen during the opening flashback and the montage sequence.
- There are nine scenes deleted from the film, which were revealed on July 26, 2021.
- Ursa Major is a mutant, being one of the first mutants to appear in the MCU.
- This is the ninth Marvel Cinematic Universe film not to include a mid-credits scene, the first being Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Infinity War.
- This is the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe film to have opening credits following Iron Man 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.