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It's been forever since we last saw a movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man: Far From Home, which closed off Phase Three and the Infinity Saga, came out in 2019. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and film premieres were delayed, creating a large gap between MCU theatrical releases.
Fans did get to enjoy some excellent TV series set in the universe – WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki – but we bet you're just as excited as we are to dive back in with a proper blockbuster, regardless of where it falls in the complex MCU timeline.
Plus, a standalone Black Widow film has been rumoured ever since Scarlett Johansson first signed on to play the character in Iron Man 2. We can all agree that we've waited long enough to learn more about Natasha Romanoff's backstory. Thankfully, we're finally getting the chance.
Black Widow will first be out in Australian cinemas on 8 July. The online premiere will be available in Australia on Friday 9 July.
As of 4:45pm AEST Black Widow still isn't available to watch yet on Disney+. Based on other Disney+ releases users should be available by 5:00pm AEST as that's midnight Pacific time in the US. If not we have seen releases come out around 7pm AEST.
Subscriptions to Disney+ in Australia cost $11.99 a month or $119.99 annually. Disney+ doesn't offer a free trial at the moment, but there are no contracts involved. If you sign up and are unhappy with the service, you can cancel your subscription at anytime.
While that means you're paying a minimum fee of $46.98 it is cheaper to watch Black Widow at home then watch it at the cinema as a family.
The good news? You will be able to stream the title as many times as you want as long as you're a Disney+ subscriber. Black Widow will join the Disney+ collection without Premier Access on 6 October 2021.
The service comes with a generous library of content for kids and adults alike. Recent highlights on the platform include Monsters at Work and the Pixar movie Luca. Most of the MCU movies, including Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, are available to stream on Disney+.
Who was Natasha Romanoff before becoming an Avenger? She might have shared some bits and pieces of her life in previous MCU movies (most notably Avengers: Age of Ultron), but Black Widow promises to reveal more about the Russian spy's origin as she reconnects with some important figures from her past.
If you've seen Avengers: Endgame, you might be wondering how this movie is … well, possible. Here's the deal: Black Widow is actually set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Described as a spy thriller, the movie follows Natasha as she mends relationships that were broken long ago and has to deal with an ongoing conspiracy.
Turns out, way before she was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha was part of a sleeper cell of Russian spies posing as a happy American family. She had a "mother", a "father" and a little "sister" named Yelena. After the events of Civil War, Natasha finds herself on the wrong side of the law and, when she gets an urgent message from Yelena, meets up with her to confront a new villain. Along the way, the two end up reuniting with their former "parents" as well.
Johansson reprises her role as Romanoff, benefiting from the support of an excellent cast. The talented Florence Pugh plays Yelena, with David Harbour and Rachel Weisz completing the manufactured family.
We expect Black Widow to be a mix of top-notch action sequences, spectacular fight scenes and awkward family dynamics. Natasha's fighting style has always been an MCU highlight: despite the fact that she doesn't have any superpowers, she manages to take out enemies in ingenious and thrilling ways.
The only thing that might work against Black Widow's success is the timing of the movie's release. This is a prequel for a story that's basically over, given Natasha's fate in Avengers: Endgame. However, the movie does serve as an introduction for Yelena, with Pugh set to reprise the role in the future – including in the upcoming TV series Hawkeye, which will debut on Disney+ later this year.
Add in the fact it's been two years since the last Marvel blockbuster and we're sure the movie will make waves. Early reviews have been largely positive, with Black Widow currently holding an 82% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Will you be watching?
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