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Florence Pugh, from left, O. T. Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson participate during the "Black Widow" portion of the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Michael Hernandez, Entertainment Reporter & Texas Metro News Columnist
Published: 23 July 2021

In the movie Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson finally gets her turn to shine in the Marvel Comics Universe. The first third of the film features a young Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow and it delves into her family history and her early years training to be an assassin and super spy. The movie also features Natasha’s younger sister, Yelena, played by Florence Pugh.

The two sisters were separated during their spy training and Yelena still holds a grudge about being left behind by her older sister. Their first scene together is a huge fight, almost to the death, but Black Widow, who has her sister in a death grip, asks her sister for a truce and allows her to live. The chemistry between the two sisters is great, with Yelena picking fun at her sister every chance she gets.

In one of the funniest scenes in the movie, she makes fun of her sister’s “superhero stance.” There’s even been talk that Pugh will replace Johansson as Black Widow in future Avenger movies. A lot of time is spent on the dynamics of the family between the two sisters and the two Russian spies who act as their parents.

But there is plenty of action in the movie as well. With plenty of fight scenes, explosions, people falling out of buildings and helicopters falling out of the sky, there is plenty of high-octane excitement for action junkies (like myself). As with all movies from the Marvel Universe, there is a bonus scene after the movie credits roll, so don’t get up until the very end. This scene is a real shocker that will affect future Avenger movies. Black Widow is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 13 minutes.

On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate this movie a LARGE

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