When you see your local Marvel fanatic today, give them a little more breathing space than usual. We are trying to catch the breath that Natasha Romanoff knocked out of us.
A first look at the much-anticipated start to “Phase 4” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, Black Widow, has finally been released. This time, we are getting an intimate look into the life of Avengers favorite Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, as she is finally given the spotlight fans have been practically been begging for.
In addition to premiering Black Widow herself on screen once again, a relief following her death in the last Avengers film, the trailer also introduces some fresh new faces, including Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova. The fight scene between Belova and Romanoff stands out as perhaps the most energetic and hyped portion of the trailer (aside from David Harbour giving off major dad vibes as Red Guardian).
Pugh herself went on record to say that this film is “raw, painful, and beautiful” all at the same time. Truthfully, we should expect no different from the graceful, yet haunted, former assassin herself. And we are HERE. FOR. IT.
For many fans, it almost didn’t matter what this trailer looked like. Most are simply looking forward to seeing their favorite badass superhero on the big screen in her own feature film. Truthfully, this first impression was not one of Marvel's best. The dialogue seemed tacky at points, the suspension lacking at others, and the typical Marvel-esque standout punchlines did not land as they normally do. However, fans are still flocking to social media in order to express their excitement regarding film. Rightfully so, as the action-packed, heart-pounding scenes showcase a lot of potential. This film has a lot to live up to following Phase 3, and I just hope it can do that.
Don’t get me wrong; I will be taking my place in line for the film’s premier at my local movie theater in May 2020. Scarlett Johansson brings her A-game to the character, as always, and this is not a release you want to miss (if superhero films are your thing, that is). I, as well as many fellow Marvel junkies, are willing to put a less than stellar preview aside and trust that this film will meet our expectations (which, let’s face it, are maybe just a little too high after the show stopping, tear-jerking Avengers: Endgame).
Written by Caroline Moll