Review: Black Widow is the worst MCU movie

Alex Houslander, Staff Writer

It was Wednesday after school when I came home and decided to watch Marvel’s “Black Widow” since it came out on Disney Plus the Monday prior, Oct. 6, 2021. “Black Widow” originally came out in theaters on July 9 after being postponed twice due to COVID. “Black Widow” is about a hero who confronts the darker part of her past as a spy and vigilante before she became a world famous avenger.

The movie was an extreme letdown and did not live up to the hype whatsoever. Right off the bat it didn’t seem like a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie. The story was very different from your normal MCU film, and that can be a good thing sometimes, but not here. 

Almost all the characters were new and were poorly developed with very little explanation of their backstory. For example, you wouldn’t even know that Black Widow’s sister, Yelena, was adopted and that they were not blood sisters if you just watched the movie. 

The producers didn’t bother to show what Yelena was doing in the time she and Black Widow were separated, which was ever since they were little when they were separated at the airport at the beginning of the movie. 

On the other hand, I understand the hype a little. It was the first MCU movie in almost two years, so people were dying for some new content including myself. The hype wasn’t necessarily for how good the movie was, but for the circumstances in which it came out. 

I don’t think people realized how much of a letdown it really was until Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” came out in theaters. “Shang Chi” felt so much more like an MCU movie, where the action and story were awesome. 

I would indeed rate “Black Widow” last out of all MCU movies. I wouldn’t recommend this movie unless you want to be caught up with everything in the Marvel Universe because it’s not worth your time. The movie is a complete side story that reveals nothing in the long-term of the MCU storyline except for the after credits scene, so it’s not necessary to watch this movie to understand other films in the future.