Black Widow: read the first reactions to the new Marvel movie

It’s been a long time coming but the Black Widow movie is almost here. The popular Marvel character, first introduced on the big screen in Iron Man 2 (2010), hogs the limelight in a story of Soviet intrigue and espionage, helmed by director Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome).

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff who, in-between the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), jaunts back to her old Russian stomping grounds to tackle the mysterious Taskmaster.

Fortunately, she’s got help in the form of Yelena (Florence Pugh), Alexei/Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Melina (Rachel Weisz), old cohorts from Natasha’s ‘Black Widow’ spy programme. Black Widow introduces Phase Four of the MCU, which is set to encompass Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings (September 2021), Eternals (November 2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 2022) and Thor: Love and Thunder (May 2022).

Full reviews of Black Widow are currently embargoed but teasing snippets of reactions have been unleashed online. Pugh’s performance has come in for much praise, as has the film’s action and chemistry between the characters of Natasha and Yelena.

Black Widow is released in Cineworld cinemas in the UK and Ireland on the 9th of July. Excited? Let us know @Cineworld.