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Fun but inessential. Natasha Romanoff is a terrific supporting character but is so ill-suited to the spotlight that she recedes into the background in her own eponymous film. This feels very much like a passing of the baton to Yelena Belova who is practically the co-lead, so it's fortunate that Florence Pugh is great in the part, equally adept at humor and pathos and action. One critic said that this feels like a throwback to earlier, simpler MCU films, which is on point; it's certainly entertaining but lacks the must-see epic quality of some other titles. I take issue with a few plot holes (I'll separate those in a comment below), and with the laughably physics-defying finale, and with a frustratingly underused villain, but everything else is solid: The running jokes and David Harbour's comic relief go a long way, and I genuinely cared about the relationships between the main characters and was stirred to hate their awful common enemy, and the action is impressive and thrilling, and I enjoyed Marvel in-jokes like Red Guardian's jailmate. Fun stuff.

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Scott gives a more detailed review. I loved it. The humor and action were definitely throwbacks to earlier Marvel films. I didn't see Widow as a supporting character as much as I saw it as a 'buddy cop' movie with her and Pugh.

That final sequence though. Whew!

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