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That’s appropriate – and ironically – it is Black widow takes place in the past. Chronologically, in MCU, the story of the film takes place following the events from Captain America: The Civil War, when the Avengers went their separate ways. But chronologically, it arrives in the real world in 2021, more than a year after the scheduled release (thanks, Covid), and roughly five years after it was supposed to be made.
For years, the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson) was the only female hero in Avengers cinemas, first appearing in Iron Man 2. By the time it first arrived, Thor, Captain America and Spider-Man had been given two stand-alone films. Doctor Strange and Black Panther received one each; as did Captain Marvel, beating Natasha as the first female Marvel superhero to get his own move. Now, after her character was actually killed Avengers: Endgame, The Black Widow finally has a movie to call her own. It’s offensive – too late.
Except it’s not. There is no denying that Johansson’s character should have had a solo film long before that. (In a way, she almost got it with 2018 Red sparrow, except – with due respect to Jennifer Lawrence – that film was a bit horrible.) There’s also no way to disprove the fact that over the years there’s been a lot of bullshit about whether people pay to see a woman or not – ran an action film, why you have to respect Jennifer Lawrence—Hunger Games the franchise was a big factor in changing all that. Such were other Marvel films Black panther. “I think we expected that we wanted to watch whites, and if they weren’t whites, we wouldn’t be coming,” WidowDirector Cate Shortland, recently said for Los Angeles Times. Today, the door is wide open Black widow to dominate – and more courageously than it could in 2015.
As it turns out, the film seems ready to do just that. As of this writing, Marvel’s latest version is expected to bring in between $ 80 million and $ 90 million when it opens in North America this weekend—easy to beat $ 70 million raised F9 just a few weeks ago and setting a record for movies released after Covid-19 lockdowns.
Above the studios that wake up from the cinematic potential of women-led films, something else happened at the time fans were waiting for Black Widow to get her movie: #MeToo. 2017 after mass investigations New Yorker i New York Times in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, women around the world have begun to talk about their experiences of harassment and assault. The movement created a climate in which even the usual Marvel film could discuss issues such as forced sterilization and manipulation of women – after all, Natasha Romanoff used to be a girl who was turned into an assassin by a Soviet organization that exploited young women. The first discussions about the film began right after Weinstein’s story broke, and as Johansson told Yahoo! Entertainment recently, “you can’t miss the opportunity to make a comparison between these two things.” Shortland went a step further, saying Years, “The other thing that happened was that we could say what we wanted to say; we could joke about women’s trauma and control of women’s bodies. “