As Marvel’s epics get bigger, Black Widow’s stakes feel too small

As Marvel’s epics get bigger, Black Widow’s stakes feel too small


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Black Widow was released at the wrong time, in multiple ways. The new Marvel prequel was one of the most high-profile films to be displaced by the constantly shifting theatrical release schedule caused by the shuttering of theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Black Widow — a film set between Captain America: Civil War’s superhero dust-up and Avengers: Infinity War’s cosmos-spanning epic — feels like a movie that should have been released when it’s actually set, instead of as a belated prequel.

Warning: spoilers ahead for Black Widow,Avengers: Endgame, Loki, and the general Marvel Cinematic Universe

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It’s not that Black Widow is a bad movie or an unworthy member of the Marvel saga. Its…

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