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Black Widow: An excellent kickoff for the MCU's Phase 4 and an excellent sendoff for Black Widow

After taking a two-year hiatus and starting Phase 4 with tie-in TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has returned to the big screen to give one of the top Avenger’s her long-overdue solo film. “Black Widow” is a slick and stylish spy film that comes across as James Bond meets Jason Bourne and kicks off Phase 4 in such an extraordinary way. With this being the final appearance of Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow Scarlett Johansson, she goes out on a high note, thanks to her incredible performance and Cate Shortland’s direction. Florence Pugh gives a fantastic performance as Yelena Belova and holds her own against Johansson. Pugh plays a sister figure to Romanoff, and her presence symbolizes a passing of the torch within the legacy of Black Widow. The supporting cast consisting of O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, and David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov, AKA Red Guardian, is pretty good as well. Despite giving a good performance as the main villain General Dreykov, Ray Winstone falls in the category of forgettable villains within MCU’s lineup, but to be fair, minus the villains of Phase 3 and Thanos, that’s the MCU’s primary weak spot. “Black Widow” is an excellent superhero movie that gives us all of the main details we need to know about Black Widow’s history and fills in the gap between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Thanks to the incredible action sequences, excellent direction by Cate Shortland, and fantastic performances by Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh, “Black Widow” is a great closing chapter to the story of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and a great first chapter for this new saga of films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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