Have you seen Black Widow yet? If you are anything like me, the little kid in you has been having withdrawals over the last two years. Yes, it’s been two years since we’ve had any Marvel movies, and that just kind of sucks. Because of the pandemic, all the Marvel movies that were in various stages of production were postponed. I am glad to see them back in production and in theaters.

But Marvel’s latest film was finally released on July 9 and our inner children can have something to cheer about.

Black Widow’s move promotion poster. (Marvel)

Warning: No Spoilers Ahead

Black Widow continues the storylines we have come to know and love over many years. The movie takes place in between the events of Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. I won’t give away any spoilers, but at this point, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, there’s not much I can do for you.

Black Widow, or Natasha Romanoff as is her name, is a former Russian assassin who, at some point in the past, underwent a superhero-sized change of heart, became one of the good guys, and joined the Avengers. While she dies making the ultimate sacrifice in Endgame, she is obviously very much alive in this movie. So Black Widow is kind of a standalone prequel, of sorts.

But this is the solo movie this character has deserved for a long time. It provides the storyline fans had wanted to know more about, and offers a deeper dive into a character, who, until this movie, had an important but supporting role.

We finally learn what the significance of Natasha Romanoff’s past is, how she connects to the network she once belonged to, how she found her way to the U.S., and ultimately, joined the Avengers. It does, however, still feel like something is missing.


I Was Hoping for Jason Bourne… Meets… Well, Marvel

The set-up was perfect: Former Russian spy, trained as a gorgeous, highly skilled assassin who takes down — and takes out — other highly trained and skilled men twice her size, in the backdrop of post-Soviet Europe. And then the aliens and superheroes come along…

Or so I had hoped.