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“Black Widow,” the highly anticipated MCU film starring Scarlett Johansson, arrived in theaters and on Disney+ on Friday. Disney+ subscribers who want to enjoy the film from the comforts of home can order the movie through Disney+ Premium Access and stream it as many times as you like for a onetime fee of $29.99.
Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow) confronts her past while being pursued by a force determined to bring her down in the action-packed spy thriller directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige. Florence Pugh stars as Natasha’s “sister,” Yelena Belova (a.k.a. White Widow), David Harbour portrays Natasha’s “father” Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina.
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“Black Widow” is the first film in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The action-packed flick was written by Eric Pearson with contributions from Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson. And it “gets the job done,” according to IndieWire executive editor and chief critic, Eric Kohn. “Like the welcoming breeziness of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ the saga of Natasha and Yelena doesn’t try to rope in the fate of the known universe to make its operation worthwhile,” wrote Kohn. “The relatively low stakes help to foreground their moody dynamic, at least whenever the hand-to-hand combat doesn’t get there first. Fortunately, the movie delivers on that front, most notably during a brawl between Black Widow and the robotic killer known as Taskmaster who mirrors her every move. If this is the last time we get to see Johansson mete out justice to her assailants with gymnastic velocity, it’s an apt send-off. The motion is fluid and tense, with closeups and sound effects that hurt.”