Since her first appearance way back in Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. super-spy Black Widow has suffered from a serious case of being always the bridesmaid, never the bride. It’s kinda crazy that she’s been a part of so many significant Marvel movies without ever nabbing her own individual film.
After all that sidelining and COVID-19 delays, Aussie fans of Natasha Romanoff can finally catch Black Widow on the big screen. It is now playing in Australian cinemas.
Alternatively, you can stay on the coach and check it out via Disney+ with Premiere Access at the same time, for $34.95. This will be the only option for Syndeysiders, who sadly are currently in lockdown. It lands on Disney+ on July 9.
Directed by Australian drama filmmaker Cate Shortland, Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and actually takes place right after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
So it’s not really a sequel or prequel so much as a mid-quel? Whatever. The movie’s stacked cast sees Natasha reckon with figures from her shadowy origin story, such as her comrade Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz, who plays something of a mother figure to Black Widow.
It definitely feels like the first Marvel movie in ages (or at least since last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home) and it’ll be exciting to see how the beloved and enduring Black Widow character kickstarts the next phase of Marvel’s storytelling. Could Pugh be anointed as the next generation’s Black Widow? Maybe? Probably.