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Black Widow • The Film Board

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What do we think about how Marvel dealt with the darkness of the Red Room and Natasha Romanov’s backstory? How great are Scarlett Johannson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz as our Russian family? And what do we think about the changes made to Taskmaster? Check out the latest entry into the MCU then tune in!

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“You both have killed so many people. Your ledgers must be dripping, just gushing red. I couldn't be more proud of you.”

The Film Board finds itself in the Red Room as we discuss Cate Shortland’s new entry into the MCU, Black Widow. It’s a full house on this episode as Andy Nelson is joined by Kyle Olson from Marvel Movie Minute, Matthew Fox from the Superhero Ethics podcast, Craig Price from Matinee Heroes, as well as CJ Lindsey and Jordan Petersen. The conversation ranges all over the place.

Here are some of our discussion points about Marvel’s Black Widow:

  • Blue hair in the 90s – was it really a thing? How is the setup for our Soviet spies as an all-American family?
  • And speaking of family, we love our family of Natasha, Yelena, Alexei and Melina as played by Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz and want more of all of them. And perhaps they read our minds because we’ll certainly be seeing more of Yelena!
  • Marvel has to deal with the darkness of the Red Room and Natasha Romanov’s backstory here. Does this work for us, particularly in the opening credits depicting essentially an abduction trade of young girls?
  • There are some big changes from the comics with Taskmaster and the Red Room. For instance, some people are up in arms about Taskmaster being a woman. We all like the change though.
  • How great is Ray Winstone as the villain, even when his accent’s a bit off, because he’s Ray Frickin’ Winstone!
  • Our solution is the red dust, but it’s not completely satisfying. What could have been stronger?
  • And with F9 having just opened, what’s with all these storylines right now that are all about family?

It’s a fun film to talk about and a worthy entry into the MCU, even if delayed due to COVID (not to mention feeling long overdue). Join us in the board room on this episode as we have a great, spoiler-filled conversation!

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