‘Black Widow’ shares the compelling story of Natasha Romanoff and her past before the Avengers


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Assistant A&E Editor Joceline Giron writes that “Black Widow” is a must-watch for fans of the Marvel franchise.

Joceline Giron, Assistant A&E Editor

After the events of the previous Avengers films, fans of the beloved franchise are given the story of Natasha Romanoff (played by Scarlett Johansonn). The film is a must-watch for anyone who is a fan of the character of Natasha Romanoff or of the franchise altogether. It shows a side to Natasha that viewers have never seen before. The movie takes place in between the storylines of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. It as well introduces some new characters that are seen later in phase four of the film series. 

The film starts off in the home where a young Natasha and her family live. But the family is soon forced out over an issue that had to do with her parents. They flee from their home and end up meeting with the main man of the operation, who is found out to be the leader of The Red Room. Natasha and her younger sister, Yelena (played by Florence Pugh), are sent to their training to become assassins in the Red Room. That is the last of time they seem to have connection with one another until the events that unfold in the film. 

The main events of the film build off of ‘Captain America; Civil War’ as Natasha is on the run after going against The Soviet Accords. While on the run, she reunites with her sister in Budapest. Yelena informs Natasha that the Red Room is still in operation even after she thought she killed the director of the program. They then band together to try and take down the Red Room once and for all, but need to get their parents, Alexei (played by David Harbor) and Melina (played by Rachel Weisz), to help them find where the Red Room is located.

The film’s visuals are set in very neutral settings. There aren’t any bright colors other than red which is meant to be representative of the black widow spider which is where her iconic symbol comes from.  

Thanks to Cate Shotland, director of Black Widow, viewers are finally given the story of Natasha Romanoff after so many years and her death in ‘Avengers: Endgame’. The film gives amazing fight scenes as well as heart-wrenching scenes that could make the viewer cry. The humor of the movie is slipped into the film, most of it made from other characters like Alexei and Yelena. Additionally, the film focuses quite a bit on Natasha and how she became the person that is shown throughout the franchise. It’s very focused on the relationships that Natasha has formed, but not romantic relationships, which is now becoming more of a norm with female main character films in recent years.

This film was an amazing send off to the character of Natasha Romanoff. If you would like to see the film for yourself, it is now streaming exclusively on Disney+.