• Lauren Scott

A look into Marvel’s Black Widow Los Angeles Premiere and first thoughts on the film.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the world premiere of Black Widow in Los Angeles. I went into it unsure of capacity and social distancing as our COVID regulations here in California were recently dropped and we've mostly gone back to normal. When we arrived, we learned it was a full capacity, full blown event which was amazing. Masks were optional for those of us that were vaccinated, and it was cool being able to take photos again without one! (but I did bring my Black Widow themed one in case!)

We got there and were able to check in and spend a little over an hour on the red carpet mingling with friends and taking photos. Marvel set up some SUPER amazing photo ops and backdrops and we of course did all of them! My favorite had to be an hourglass set up with super cool red lighting. Disney invited lots of cosplayers as well which was fun to see!

Under normal circumstances the studios usually do a big press tour and the entire cast is at each premiere but due to travel restrictions and COVID, Marvel ended up having four separate premieres (Melbourne, London, NYC and Los Angeles) all on the same day and talent went to their closest premiere. We unfortunately didn't have any cast members at ours, but we did see Clark Gregg and Kevin Feige as well as all of the amazing producers, writers and studio executives who worked so hard on the film.

As we were ushered into the theater, we saw a bunch of the film costumes on display and once we took our seats Kevin Feige and the other producers gave a heartfelt message about the movie and how happy they were to be able to finally be able to have it open in theaters.

The movie itself was amazing and blew my expectations out of the water. I had chills from the opening sequence and from there it was packed with some fantastic action sequences but also included thoughtful storytelling and character development. We were introduced to Yelena Belova who has an intriguing backstory and I was happy how they tied her into the overall MCU timeline. Melina and Red Guardian didn’t get as much screen time as I expected, but to be honest I was happy the film focused mostly on Natasha. Of course, there were also some fun easter eggs and tie ins to other MCU projects, both past and future. As always, be sure to stay all the way to the end of the credits for one last scene!

As someone who remembers seeing Natasha for the first time on screen in Iron Man 2, the movie truly felt like a love letter to the fans. Cate Shortland did a fantastic job tying up Natasha’s story and if you’ve been following the MCU you’re going to want to see this film. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet be sure to do so as this is a film you’re going to want to experience in theaters!

Black Widow comes out July 9th in theaters and on Disney+ streaming.

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