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The 2021 film “Black Widow,” based on the Marvel comics, is deserving of critical acclaim. Released in theaters on July 9, the film saw around an eighty-thousand dollar profit during its opening weekend. In movie theaters alone, the film has grossed more than three-hundred-million dollars so far. 

“Black Widow” is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is considered by film critics to be an action and adventure movie. However, given the nature of the plot, there are many sci-fi and mystery elements incorporated into the film as well.

The film was directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige. The music, done by Lome Balfe, deserves critical acclaim on its own as it keeps impressively well with the tone of the film. The film stars a number of famous actors including Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and David Harbour. 

Although the film didn’t win any awards, it was nominated for two Women’s Image Network Awards: the Outstanding Feature Film award and Scarlett Johnansson for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film award.

This film fleshes out the details of the character of Natasha Romanoff’s life prior to when she, also known as Black Widow, became an Avenger. In this movie, Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her upbringing, including her broken relationships and her history as a spy. Most of the action in the movie centered around having her face a dangerous conspiracy in relation to her past. Unfortunately for Black Widow, the antagonistic force that was against her didn’t stop at anything in regard to bringing her down. 

The highlight of the movie is the side conflict between Black Widow and her sister, Yelena Belova. The evident chemistry between the actors onscreen was impressive and realistic. In the end though, the audience is left focused on her sister more than Black Widow in her self-titled movie.

The hardship Black Widow and the other characters face throughout, as well as the historical hardships seen in the beginning of the film, made for a compelling experience. 

Additionally, the main filming location, Budapest, Hungary, made for a more all around compelling experience, as it allowed the set to be quite realistic. If the film had been shot somewhere else, in the United States for example, it would’ve been much less convincing.

At this point in time, audiences shouldn’t expect anything more or less from Marvel. Though there were a number of disappointed viewers who did not enjoy how the intense and nuanced plot weaved in a dysfunctional, comedic family, “Black Widow” can be considered an audience success story.