At long last, Black Widow has arrived. Despite a lengthy delay, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally debuted both in theaters and on Disney+. Fans will have the choice of heading to a theater or watch it from the comfort of home. Either way, Marvel has made its return to the big screen after more than two years away.
Black Widow is the first MCU movie to not have an exclusive debut in theaters. Disney decided to hedge its bets. Aside from being available at a theater near you, Natasha Romanoff’s first solo flick is also available through Disney+ Premier Access. Disney+ subscribers can pay an additional $30 to stream the movie at home long before it’s made available for everyone else at no additional cost.
Here is the synopsis for Black Widow.
“In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller ‘Black Widow,’ Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.”
Cate Shortland directed the movie. Aside from Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as the title hero, the cast also includes David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.
The general consensus seems to be that this is a welcome return for the MCU. As of this writing, the film has an 80 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The audience rating is far better, sitting at 93 percent. It appears to be yet another crowd-pleaser.
This has been a long time coming. Not only because Black Widow was originally supposed to arrive in May 2020 before the pandemic upended the movie business. But because Johansson has been a part of this universe for more than a decade. The actress made her debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2. It marks the first time a Marvel Studios release has made its way to theaters since Spider-Man: Far From Home in July 2019. It is by far the longest gap of having no MCU movies in theaters since Iron Man kicked off the universe in 2008.
Next up for the MCU is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in September. That will be followed by Eternals in November and Spider-Man: No Way Home in December.
Black Widow is in theaters and streaming on Disney+ Premier Access now.