I’m not sure I buy this alleged Black Widow movie synopsis.

It doesn’t quite work.

At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative. The standalone film will find Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Movie set in 2006; Black Widow would be twenty-two, which meant that she would have been born in 1984. That would make her seven when the Soviet Union finally fatally choked on its own black, rotten blood* in 1991. …OK. So she spent fifteen years being hunted by the new government? Yeah, that part contradicts what we’ve already seen; she was definitely being indoctrinated well after the end of the Soviet Union.  So, they’re going to have to adjust the actual killing-attempt timeline, there, methinks.

Mind you, I’m cool with this as a synopsis for a Black Widow movie.  Give Jeremy Renner second billing, do the espionage ‘thing,’ and it will indeed be a thing.  But I suspect signal loss in translation, assuming that it’s even real.

Moe Lane




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