By Lee Parham

Early viewers of the latest Marvel film praise its balance of action, espionage, and Florence Pugh.

After a two-year break the MCU is finally back in theaters! Here’s what critics are saying about the cinematic kickoff to Phase 4.

While Marvel has had resounding success on TV in 2021, fans have questioned if the studio could return to its blockbuster form. Well, according to early reactions the answer is a resounding “yes!”

After years of a supporting role, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is finally a lead in her own solo film, and her latest performance is being lauded as her best yet.

Johansson is not alone! She’s joined by MCU newcomer Florence Pugh as Yelena Bolova set to take over the Black Widow mantle in future projects.

Pugh’s performance has been highlighted as one of the film’s strongest points and her relationship with Natasha carries the emotional weight of the movie.

Other additional side characters are being championed as well, including David Harbour’s Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

Marvel’s newest villain, Taskmaster, is being applauded for being more than just another faceless adversary.

In typical Marvel fashion, Black Widow is being described to bolster incredible action sequences and is an adrenaline-filled spy film with a breakneck pace.

Finally, the film has rumored multiple post-credits scenes, setting up a bright future for the MCU.