“Black Widow” is a gritty, kick ass knock out.

After all this time, it is finally Black Widow’s moment.

The highly anticipated standalone film follows our beloved Avenger, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), as she confronts the darker part of her past.

And my friends, it was not only worth the wait, but an amazing way to welcome Marvel back into the theaters and usher in a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Instead of flashy action and Marvel’s standard of filmmaking, Black Widow takes a grittier stance with nonstop brutal action and spy thriller tendencies.

I knew I was watching a Marvel movie, but it felt so much more mature and almost as if I was watching sequences out of a Jason Bourne film. And to make it even more fun, it was ALL bad ass, strong women who were taking matters into their own hands.

It’s refreshing to see Marvel tackling different genres in Phase 4.

The plot is compelling, dynamic and fierce — just like our girl, Black Widow. However, its cast of characters is truly what drives the film’s success.

First things first. It has to be said that there is no Black Widow without Scarlett Johansson. She has done a fantastic job throughout the years fostering this character and truly gives it her all to close the chapter. Her thirst for vengeance and vulnerability to show her emotional side become the very soul of the film.

And no surprise, the supporting cast is beyond stellar. David Harbour and Rachel Weisz are delightful as her “parents”. But it is Florence Pugh’s Yelena is the true scene stealer.

We all know I think the world of the actress, however, her rawness, dry humor and kick ass attitude will make her a new favorite amongst Marvel fans (especially after that end credits scene).

Overall, Black Widow is a moment.

Not only just for this phase in Marvel, the character of Black Widow and female fans everywhere — but it was the first moment since COVID-19 where I felt like I was BACK at the movies, amongst cheering fans and exciting storytelling.

And yeah. That’s pretty kick ass too.

Final Thoughts: Black Widow is a well deserved standalone film to one of the most kick ass comic book characters in the Marvel Universe.

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