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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?

Who plays taskmaster in Black Widow?

Olga Kurylenko, who previously appeared in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace and the Tom Cruise actioner Oblivion, plays Taskmaster in the film. ew.comTaskmaster explained: How Black Widow retconned character's origin | EW.com

Black Widow: 10 Storylines That Should Be Adapted | CBR

CBR - Comic Book Resources 12 July, 2021 - 12:33pm

Early reviews are positive so far. If it's successful, it could be a new franchise shedding some light on the Widow's backstory. And if the MCU does decide to go down that route, there are a lot of great stories from the comics that could be adapted.

But this wasn't one story. The collection puts together issues of Tales of Suspense, Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and more. They were subsequently combined into one book titled Beware The Black Widow! that gave fans a clear look at her beginnings.

What made this story work was the partnership between Black Widow and Hawkeye. The MCU has touched on this in a few movies over the years but the franchise has also made it clear that there's a bigger story to tell. Widowmaker could be a good one.

Deadly Origin is about one of her old enemies coming back for revenge. There will always be stories like this to tell for Black Widow as her past is filled with action and intrigue. Honestly, the MCU could make multiple seasons of a Disney+ series just about her dealing with her past.

Natasha doesn't always find herself involved in such shenanigans so this was unique for her. But it was also a very visual story with some interesting beats for her character. There were moments when she was trying to avoid the past versions of her teammates that were reminiscent of Back to the Future.

The story featured Black Widow saving Nick Fury's butt, though she also worked with other members of Marvel's espionage elite like Jimmy Woo. Virtually any MCU fan would love to watch Black Widow and Jimmy Woo work together.

Black Widow may have started her tenure in Marvel Comics as a villain but this story showed how committed she was to being a hero. It would be interesting for the MCU to put a story like this together where S.H.I.E.L.D. tries and fails to take Black Widow down.

It was all about S.H.I.E.L.D. sending her to sort out the death of an agent when some good ol' fashion spy intrigue sets in. The mood of the story was only enhanced by being printed in black and white. Telling an MCU Black Widow story in black and white could actually be kind of interesting.

When someone tried to assassinate the Widow and almost succeeded, she was gravely injured. That didn't stop her from trying to track whoever did it down. Watching Black Widow get backed into a corner like that and fight her way out could only be amazing in the MCU.

Yelena Belova is part of the MCU as of the first Black Widow solo film. That means that a story like this pitting Natasha and Yelena against each other is a possibility. That being said, it probably won't play out exactly as it did in the comics.

Given the nature of the Black Widow movie, there is potential in this specific story to deepen the story between the two characters. There is a strong connection between them and adapting Breakdown would keep building it.

Why Black Widow's Dreykov is the MCU’s Nastiest Villain - Den of Geek

Den of Geek 12 July, 2021 - 05:34am

It’s the solitary line spoken by Olga Kurylenko’s Antonia Dreykov, a tragic figure who until the end of Black Widow had been programmed by her father to be a ruthless killing machine. Yes, this is Dreykov’s daughter, a victim of an attack by Natasha Romanoff herself when Antonia was just a child which caused her severe facial scarring. Her father put a chip in her head, we are told, made her cover her face with a mask, and forced her to act as his weapon under the name Taskmaster. 

Taskmaster can perfectly mimic anyone’s fighting style. She is virtually unstoppable. And yet there is still one person who strikes dread into her heart—her father.

It’s just a glimpse of how much of a monster Dreykov clearly is. He might not have disintegrated 50 percent of the universe, he might not be an actual Nazi with a skull for a face, or a Goddess destroyer of worlds, but Dreykov is still a bigger bastard—and a very recognizable one at that. 

This villain is not an experiment gone wrong, or a damaged character hell bent on revenge; he has no misguided noble ideals, he’s just an utter, utter wanker who treats women and girls as a commodity. Dreykov runs the Widow program as if it was a farm. He takes children from their families when they are very young (Yelena was six – Natasha was even younger). One in 20 survives the training and becomes a Widow. He kills the rest. Given the reveal of how many brainwashed Widows Dreykov has stationed around the world, the body count he must be responsible for is huge. But the ones who survive are hardly better off. We learn through Yelena that these women have no freewill. No meaningful life at all. It’s funny, but it’s also quite heartbreaking how excited Yelena is about buying herself a piece of clothing for the first time.

Dreykov has Harvey Weinstein/Jeffrey Epstein/Donald Trump vibes. He’s an embodiment of toxic masculinity, a violent bully obsessed with power who sees women as property—in fact he describes girls as “the one resource the world has too much of.”

There is nothing to suggest Dreykov is a sexual abuser, but then there’s nothing to suggest he isn’t. What motivates Dreykov is power and he has complete control over these women—hundreds of women. They aren’t people to him. So the limits of his abuse aren’t defined. And the fact that he is able to treat his own daughter so abhorrently would indicate that there aren’t limits at all. He treats women and girls like trash, including his own child. 

Dreykov’s Widows are given involuntary hysterectomies—Yelena describes the process to Alexei with cold detail. He violates these women’s bodies and controls their minds, keeping them in a state of waking torture. They are conscious and aware of what they are doing but can’t tell what is them and what is not.

And when Dreykov is confronted by a woman he can’t control, Natasha, then his facade slips. He loses his temper. And his reaction is to punch her in the face. Repeatedly. Nat can take it. It’s all part of her plan. But you know in another life Dreykov would definitely be a domestic abuser. 

He is absolutely a villain for our time and there’s nothing cartoonish about him (apart from his accent…). Dreykov is a scummy man, taken to absolute extremes: he is the all powerful scummy man. He is what happens when a man who hates women isn’t stopped. He is a cautionary tale and in the retrospectively chilling opening credit montage, we see him cozying up to world leaders. He can start and end wars, make or break kings, we are told. He is the kind of real world villain that we must be afraid of—Gods and monsters aren’t real, but people like Dreykov are. And it’s fitting that it takes three women (and a super soldier) to bring him down.

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Rosie Fletcher is the UK Editor of Den Of Geek. She’s been an entertainment journalist for more than a decade previously working at DVD & Blu-ray…

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