How did Black Widow do at box office?
It reported that “Black Widow” had earned $60 million on Disney Plus worldwide, in addition to the $158 million it earned at the global box office. The disclosure was a surprising, refreshing expression of transparency in a sector that has fiercely guarded audience data. VarietyMarvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Made $60 Million on Disney Plus. Is That Good?
Who plays taskmaster in Black Widow?
One of the big revelations in Marvel's Black Widow is that Taskmaster—a character whose identity is hidden for 80% of the movie—is revealed to be Antonia Dreykov, played by Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion). GizmodoMarvel's Black Widow: Let's Talk About Taskmaster
Is taskmaster in Black Widow?
The movies (and now TV shows) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe routinely take known elements from the comics and reinterpret them in ways that make sense for this interconnected world. It wasn't a surprise the same was done for Taskmaster, a primary adversary in Black Widow (in theaters now). EW.comTaskmaster explained: How Black Widow retconned character's origin | EW.com
Can I watch Black Widow at home?
"Black Widow" is now available on Disney Plus while it's still playing in theaters. To stream the film at home, Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an extra $30 Premier Access fee. businessinsider.com'Black Widow' Disney Plus Premier Access review: Is it worth $30?
Posted on Monday, July 12th, 2021 by Vanessa Armstrong
In Black Widow, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the villainous Taskmaster gets into a whole lot of fights with a whole lot of people. Like the character’s comic book counterpart, the supervillain is able to mimic the fighting style of anyone they observe, and the character takes on a slew of trademark fighting styles from various Avengers we’ve seen across the MCU.
So let’s break down which fighting styles Taskmaster takes on in Black Widow.
It’s no surprise that Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko) fights like Black Widow (AKA Natasha Romanoff, AKA Scarlett Johansson). We first meet Taskmaster in the film when she and Natasha face off on the bridge near where Natasha is hiding out after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
The two go at it, and Taskmaster mirrors Natasha’s every move. If that wasn’t enough to hammer home that Dreykov’s daughter has learned how to fight like Natasha, we also see her staring at (and learning from) a video of Romanoff fighting.
Just like Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Taskmaster has a round shield she likes to throw at things, and we see Taskmaster throw that shield at Natasha several times. The first time occurs when Natasha was in that crashed car on the bridge. Another time, Yelena (Florence Pugh) gets to see the shield in action when Taskmaster slings it at her and Natasha in a subway station.
Taskmaster channels some Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) energy when she chases Natasha and Yelena in Budapest. While chasing the two widows in a tank (!), she pulls out a bow and arrow and shoots with Hawkeye-level accuracy.
Taskmaster also emulates the fighting style of Steve Rogers’ best friend, Bucky Barnes (AKA The Winter Solider, AKA Sebastian Stan). In her fight with the Red Guardian (David Harbour), Taskmaster pulls out a whole bunch of Avenger styles, one of which is the signature blade-switch move of the Winter Soldier.
Right before her Winter Soldier move, Taskmaster also takes from the Spider-Man playbook. She delivers a quick two-foot kick right to Red Guardian’s solar plexus and lands in a lithe superhero pose that evokes Peter Parker.
That same fight also has Taskmaster taking on some of Black Panther’s capabilities. Before she charges Red Guardian, the suit covering her fingers develop claws. We’ve seen similar weapons on Black Panther’s suit, though I don’t think Taskmaster’s are as strong as T’Challa’s vibranium claws.
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12 July, 2021 - 10:30pm
Black Widow smashed several box office records in its first weekend of release.
The long-awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, which made its wide debut on Friday, set new pandemic-era benchmarks as it raked in over $215 million in total.
The Scarlett Johansson-starring feature also enjoyed an enthusiastic response on the Disney+ streaming service, where it was also made available to viewers as a response to the ongoing state of the global pandemic.
Serious earnings: Black Widow smashed several pandemic-era box office records and raked in a whopping $215 million in its first weekend of release
Black Widow took in a total of $80 million at the United States' domestic box office, accounting for viewers who chose to watch the feature in theaters.
The movie also grossed a handsome $78 million in international markets, as well as $60 million on the Disney+ Premier Access service.
Prior to the Marvel Comics-based movie's release, F9 held the top position for pandemic-era openings, as it grossed $70 million upon its release in June.
Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution Kareem Daniel gave a statement via The Hollywood Reporter and expressed that the feature was proof that the dual-release method of movie premieres was a viable long-term option.
Holding it down: The long-awaited MCU entry took in a total of $80 million at the United States' domestic box office
Successful start: The Scarlett Johansson-starring flick also took in $78 million in international markets and $60 million on the Disney+ Premier Access streaming service
He said: 'Black Widow's strong performance this weekend affirms our flexible distribution strategy of making franchise films available in theaters for a true cinematic experience and ... providing a choice to consumers who prefer to watch at home.'
The entertainment industry figure also pointed out that many of the MCU's longtime fans came out in droves to see the new feature, which he was happy to see.
'It's incredible to see audiences enjoying Black Widow after two years without a new Marvel Studios film, and this spectacular opening weekend shows just how eager fans have been to see this beloved Avenger in her own story,' he remarked.
Daniel concluded by noting that the team behind the feature went above and beyond to produce a movie that would introduce more fans to the wider media franchise.
Getting the word out: Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution Kareem Daniel expressed that Black Widow's dual release proved that a 'flexible distribution strategy' was viable going forward; its star is pictured in 2020
Specifically, he said that Black Widow's producers 'have delivered an exceptional film that continues a legacy of creative excellence as the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands and enters a new era.'
The feature was centered around the titular character as she confronts the demons of her past following the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War.
In addition to the film's 36-year-old leading actress, the movie featured performers such as Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour, among numerous others, in its cast.
The project lingered in development for nearly two decades before work in earnest began in 2017, with its director Cate Shortland being hired the following year.
Long time coming: The project lingered in development for several years before director Cate Shortland was brought on in 2018; she is seen at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Physical production began in May of 2019 and continued throughout the year before reshoots were completed that October.
Black Widow was initially set to be released on May 1st, 2020, although its debut was later pushed back due to the onset of the global pandemic.
The feature was then given a rescheduled date of May 7th, 2021, which was also scrapped as the worldwide COVID-19 situation grew worse.
Much contention was raised on whether to give the film a dual release on Disney+, with many executives fearing that the movie would not be profitable if it was made available directly to streamers.
Cause for concern: Many of the executives at Marvel Studios were worried that a dual release strategy for Black Widow would reduce its chances of being profitable
In March of last year, Black Widow's release date was finally moved to July 9th, and the decision was made to have the feature partially premiere on the streaming service.
The decision was partially made due to the fact that several MCU-related projects were set to make their debuts in the near future, and further rescheduling for the long-awaited film would have likely hampered the studio's plans going forward.
The film was met with a widely positive critical reception, with many viewers pointing to the performances of Johansson and Pugh as strong points of the project.
Last month, Shortland expressed that she would be interested in working on another Black Widow feature, although she pointed out that its former leading actress would not be involved with the movie.
Finally here: The feature was released to the public earlier this month and many critics praised Johansson's performance; she is pictured at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards
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12 July, 2021 - 10:10pm
In fairness, it's been clear for a while that "creating action for the MCU" is a more complex idea than Director Signs On to Make Movie. (This is true of pretty much any major franchise.) Marvel action often comes pre-assembled. Having to stick to plot points that won't play out until years down the line makes the writing process especially tricky, yeah, but it also means the set-pieces need to be carefully planned beat-for-beat, lest a ripple cause problems for a movie set to debut in 2028. For that reason, the MCU prefers to hire directors who can juggle, filmmakers adept at threading various tones and emotional throughlines through a single scene. What the studio most conspicuously doesn't hire is action directors, starting with Jon Favreau hot off of Christmas comedy Elf, through handing the keys to Asgard over to Taika Waititi, all the way up to Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao blowing away executives with natural sunlight. The directors bring a name and a vibe, while much of the action is handled on the day by second unit teams. Argentinian writer/director Lucrecia Martel famously passed up an offer to direct Black Widow after the studio told her "don’t worry about the action scenes." Marvel directors craft an emotional journey*, and that's where these movies find their individual flavors, while the primary goal of the in-between action is to look, sound, and in all other ways feel like an MCU Action Scene.
That, really, is what it means to say Black Widow has some of the MCU's best action. It's true. It does. But only in the moments it doesn't feel like MCU action at all.