2020s

Review: Cate Shortland’s ‘Black Widow’

With Black Widow, the prerequisites for continued Marvel Cinematic Universe domination are met: a script balancing eye-popping action and emotionally-charged character development; a narrative that functions as standalone entertainment but also plugs directly into the massive, always-expanding mainframe; an expert ensemble capable of playing with both tongue-in-cheek meta-narrative material and earnest character pathos as required from scene to scene. And as an added bonus for those who keep their scorecards up to date, it's finally revealed what happened in Budapest. For fans, the lengthy wait for Black Widow was worth it, despite the very real potential for franchise fatigue. The amount of so-called Phase Four content, including the al
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