6 Marvel Films You Need To Watch Before Black Widow

6 Marvel Films You Need To Watch Before Black Widow
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The time has finally come, friends – it’s Black Widow’s time to shine.

After far too many delays and over 10 years waiting for her own movie, Australians everywhere will be able to catch Scarlett Johansson in her solo Marvel film Black Widow this week.

Natasha Romanoff has been a constant presence throughout the Marvel cinematic universe, but if you’re looking to brush up on your Black Widow history prior to seeing the film, there are a few boxes you absolutely must tick.

Here are six Marvel films you need to watch before seeing Black Widow.

The Avengers

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Image: The Avengers (Disney)

Black Widow was first introduced in Iron Man 2, but she really came into her own in The Avengers.

As an agent of SHIELD, Natasha Romanoff was already on Nick Fury’s radar when it came to forming the new superhero team. In fact, Nat had a huge part in bringing the Avengers together.

She also has one very pivotal scene in The Avengers that’s worth going paying attention to. In an interrogation with Loki, the God of Mischief taunts Natasha with the red ledger of her past. Many of the events referenced here are things we’ll learn more about in Black Widow, so it’s well worth revisiting The Avengers before you see it.

Watch it here.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Supporting Captain America on his next mission was none other than Natasha Romanoff.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is heralded as one of the best MCU films in the series, but despite it having Cap’s name in the title, Black Widow is still given plenty to do.

One of the best (platonic) friendships in the MCU is between Natasha Romanoff and Steve Rogers and you really see it grow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Watch it here.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Image: Age of Ultron (Marvel)

It wouldn’t be an Avengers film without Black Widow and Age of Ultron is no exception.

While it’s a great showcase of Black Widow in action, Age of Ultron holds another clue to Natasha Romanoff’s past. When Scarlet Witch used her powers on the Avengers, many of them were gripped with strange visions.

Natasha’s vision takes her back to the early days of her training to be an assassin at the Red Room, which is something we know will be explored in Black Widow.

Watch it here.

Captain America: Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War is a big one for both the Avengers and Black Widow.

When the government introduces the controversial Sokovia Accords to keep the heroes in line, the Avengers have to pick sides. For Black Widow that means choosing between what she thinks is right and her loyalty to friends Clint Barton and Steve Rogers.

Black Widow will pick up right after the events of Captain America: Civil War so it’s one of the best films to watch before you dive right into the new film.

Watch it here.

Avengers: Infinity War

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The two-part finale to the Infinity saga kicks off with Avengers: Infinity War where the Avengers gather together again to fight the forces of Thanos as he attempts to unite the Infinity stones.

It’s the first reunion of the Avengers since Captain America: Civil War, and it’s also the first movie we see Natasha Romanoff in after the events of Black Widow.

Watch it here.

Avengers: Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame is a big one for all involved, but particularly Black Widow. If you want to see how Natasha Romanoff’s superhero journey comes to an end, then this is the film to watch.

While we (presumably) won’t see any more adventures from Scarlett Johansson in the MCU, we are getting one last hurrah in Black Widow, which is the perfect homage to her 10 years-plus journey.

Watch it here.

You can catch up on all the Marvel movies listed above over on Disney+ and you can find Black Widow there as well when it releases on July 9.

If you simply do not have the time or energy to rewatch all these films then you should definitely give Marvel Studios: Legends a shot. A special episode rounding up Black Widow’s journey is dropping on Disney+ on July 7.


  • I’ve absolutely zero desire to watch Black Widow. To be honest, I’m sort of done with the MCU after Endgame. It all seems a bit silly now.

      • Bland? What film were you watching? Interesting script. Good action. Great performances. Fills some gaps in the MCU. Leads the way to some of its future. Good music. Gives us even more Scarlett (her character was always on the best things about the MCU.

        • I asked myself the same questions when I read all the glowing reviews. Action was fine, nothing we haven’t seen before. Florence was the only really good performance. The rest were pretty meh thanks to poor writing. (Harbour was more annoying than funny), the music was again OK (that “Smells like teen spirit” cover was embarrassing though). What they did to Taskmaster is unforgivable & the whole thing just lacked tension because we know where her character ends up. Would’ve made so much more sense releasing this after Civil War. Her character has always been a mixed bag for me personally, failed only by poor writing decisions (Age of Ultron being a major factor of making her a pointless love interest for no reason whatsoever). In my opinion she deserved better.

    • im the same way. i havent even watched the latest spiderman movie yet (and i cant even remember its title). the only announced mcu movie im interested in is the next dr strange which i think is still over a year away?

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