'Black Widow' earns Disney and Marvel the pandemic box-office record with massive opening weekend

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How did Black Widow do at box office?

At a cost of $30, “Black Widow” grossing more than $60 million online means roughly two million households bought the film. Disney+ has more than 100 million subscribers. ... Disney also said that “Black Widow” grossed $78 million overseas, bringing its world-wide box office total to $158 million. The Wall Street JournalDisney’s ‘Black Widow’ Tops Box Office, Lifting Prospect of Moviegoing Rebound

Is Black Widow available on Disney plus?

“Black Widow” is now available on Disney Plus as a Premier Access title. ... To stream the film at home, Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an extra $30 Premier Access fee. ipsnews.netHere's Black Widow Streaming Free: How to Watch Marvel's 'Black Widow' Online for Free at Home? – Business

When is Black Widow set?

The timeline of Black Widow is something of an MCU sandwich. The pre-credits prologue — set during Natasha's childhood — happens in 1995. After that, the bulk of the movie takes place in 2016, right after the events of Captain America: Civil War. VultureWhen Does Black Widow Take Place in the MCU Timeline?

What is Disney plus premier access?

Disney first introduced the Premier Access program, which lets Disney Plus subscribers stream select new movies for $30 the day they debut in theaters, with 2020's Mulan, and Raya and the Last Dragon and Cruella were also available on Premier Access when they were released this year. The VergeBlack Widow has been a big hit on Disney Plus

Spoilers! How that 'Black Widow' end-credits scene ends one story and begins another

USA TODAY 12 July, 2021 - 09:02am

'Black Widow' brings the story of Scarlett Johansson's Avengers to an apparent close and gives Florence Pugh's debuting Yelena Belova a new foe.

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Actresses Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh chat with USA TODAY's Brian Truitt about working together for the new movie, "Black Widow." USA TODAY

Black Widow is dead. Long live Black Widow, or White Widow, or whatever Yelena Belova prefers to call herself now as she makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe hers.

Marvel fans have known the fate of the Avengers’ resident secret agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) ever since she gave up her own life to help save the universe in “Avengers: Endgame.” The new spy thriller “Black Widow” (in theaters and streaming on Disney+ Premier Access, $30) reveals what the title heroine's been up to between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame”: She not only takes down the villainous Russian organization that brainwashed her at a young age but also reunites with her “family,” most notably Yelena (Florence Pugh) who needles her older sister and needs her in many ways, too.

"Despite her being a fantastic assassin and just a lethal weapon, she's also a baby who is trying to figure out how to do the next steps," Pugh tells USA TODAY.

In the climax of “Black Widow,” Yelena decides to join a crew of freed Widows, including the formidable Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), revealed as a young woman Natasha thought she killed years ago. And Natasha heads off on her own, brandishing a new hair color (blonde instead of the usual red) and her sister’s beloved vest, seen in “Infinity War.”

A key scene revealed in the credits, though, brings us to the present day of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where an older and more somber Yelena visits Natasha’s gravesite, which is full of tributes to the fallen heroine. Yelena rearranges teddy bears and whistles her part of their call-and-response when she’s interrupted by a woman blowing her nose: Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the snarky and sinister mystery woman last seen recruiting super soldier John Walker (Wyatt Russell), aka U.S. Agent, in the final episode of Disney+’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

“Sorry. I’m allergic to the Midwest,” Valentina quips. “What this woman did… honestly, I can’t even imagine.”

Yelena apparently works for her now, complaining that Valentina is not supposed to be “bothering me on my holiday time” and that she looks “desperate” doing so. “I want a raise,” Yelena adds.

“Oh yeah, you and me both,” Valentina says, reaching into her purse to pull out a tablet device. “Believe me, you’re gonna earn it. I’ve got your next target – thought I’d hand-deliver it. Maybe you’d like a shot at the man responsible for your sister’s death.” She shows Yelena a picture of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Natasha’s former partner and the man she took a fatal jump for on the planet Vormir in “Endgame” so he could get an important Infinity Stone – though Yelena may not know this cosmic truth yet.

The sequence sets up Yelena’s next appearance in Disney+’s “Hawkeye” series (premiering later this year), and a potential conflict with Renner’s ace archer as well as his new protégé, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). And like a twist on Nick Fury in the early MCU films, Valentina appears to be putting together her own dark Avengers squad.

Now that she’s going to play a major role in the MCU going forward, “Black Widow” director Cate Shortland  says Pugh brings an important sense of “authenticity” to this superhero landscape.

“People don't want to see perfect people who are Teflon-coated, because that doesn't reflect who we are,” the filmmaker says. “Young people have evolved really, really quickly. It's really beautiful how they're exploring their flaws and seeing them as positives. She speaks to that, and she'll speak to young women. Nothing can define her. No one can define her. It's pretty rare. Just being that person is heroic.”

As for Johansson’s Natasha, “Black Widow” appears to be her swan song: The actress has played the character for more than a decade, and her “Avengers” co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have also moved on, although she could return in future prequels. “She's got endless possibilities really as an actor and as a character,” Shortland says. “It depends on what happens within the Marvel universe, but she loves doing it.”

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'Black Widow' Review--A Female's Perspective

Pirates and Princesses 11 July, 2021 - 11:41am

Let me start off by saying that I’m a Black Widow fan. I have been saying that Marvel needed to do a film with her for years and it was frankly crap that they didn’t. She was important to the MCU, she sacrificed herself just like Tony Stark, and she kicked butt without super powers or super powered suits.

Marvel waiting until now to do a Black Widow film is more indicative of their feelings of strong female leads than any PR push they want to make to the contrary.

It was good. Definitely better than Captain Marvel, but as a friend of mine said “Captain Marvel is a low bar.”

Black Widow was a film that I was extremely interested in seeing from the beginning. As it got shuffled further and further back, I was honestly starting to lose interest in it.

Then when the PR started and it was about ‘girl power’ and ‘feminism’ I started to lose even more interest. This is why I titled this article the way I did.

Lately Hollywood keeps pushing for these things, but they do it in a way that feels fake. Thankfully, this movie didn’t go as far as I was thinking it would. Maybe Marvel should back off the push of “girl power” and just promote it like they would any other MCU film. I think their incessant push there is what is turning people off. If they would just let people watch and make their own decisions they would get further.

If feels like it fits in the MCU and you can tell it’s a Marvel/ Avengers film.

The characters were believable.  The sister feeling was there. I have a little sister so I have some experience in this area. You definitely get the family vibe from this film.

The action was great and it was fast paced the entire way through the film. Transitions were well done and they explained things in a way that felt organic and not too much like exposition dumps (which I hate.)

The “family” dynamic was interesting and mostly well done. Each character definitely has their own motivation and quirks, but the idea that they remain “family” is endearing.

I also thought where they put the Red Room was clever and unexpected. Sometimes these films get so predictable.

In the comics the character was a formidable adversary that could mimic any fighting style, but it came with memory issues. He’s a mercenary and trains other villians.  Overall gifted and fierce.

Then he makes the comment about women being a natural resource and I was literally rolling my eyes.  We get it. He’s a douche.

If they had just toned him down and made it about world domination and soldiers, okay that would have been better, but no it’s about a man enslaving women to accomplish his goals.

3. Alexi was a bit of a mixed bag. He starts off seeming very competent but by the time they rescue him he seems more like a washed up narcissist.  He does come into his own more later. I get people change, but it was almost like they were trying to make him seem incompetent compared to the women. I hate that. I think characters shine more when they can hold their own against equals and not just take a character and lessen them to lift another one up. I think that was a big issue with “The Last Jedi” as well.

But even those annoyances weren’t enough to make me feel the film was bad. In my opinion it was a good movie and I would watch it again. The issues I have sound bigger than they are because I’ve given it a lot of thought.

I think my husband feels a bit more critical of it as he was more disappointed in what they did to Taskmaster. Since he was a comics reader I get that. The MCU in general seems to be more geared to non-comics readers than the long time followers of the books.

I would rate it a 7.5/10.

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