Film Preview: Black Widow (2021)

Page Revisions:

(December 8, 2019) Original
(March 15, 2020) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#3-#9)
(April 11, 2021) New Trailer (#3) — New Poster (#10) — New Release Date (changed from 5/1/20)
(July 4, 2021) New Posters (#11-#21)

Release Date:

July 9, 2021


From IMDb: “A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.”

Poster Rating: C+ / D+ / C+ / B+ / C- (4) / B+ / C+ / C (6) / C- / C+ / B / C / C+

Review: (#1) Some interesting details here, but it also looks somewhat amateurish. (#2) Dull and uninspired, this design lacks detail.

(#3) An uninteresting design choice. (#4) This year’s Japanese-themed poster designs are as interesting as the concepts used by Disney last year. (#5-#8) An uninspired quartet of character posters with too little variance. (Note: I re-arranged these four posters below so that it would be easier to see the pattern that holds them together) (#9) The design does look somewhat intriguing, but it also has a lot of blank space that makes it feel a bit too monochromatic.

(#10) It hints at Scarlett Johansson’s hourglass shape, the same shape of a black widow, but the design ends up being ugly, not explicitly sexist.

(#11-#16) This series of character posters is mostly dull with the same background for each and only slightly different poses for each character. Nothing to see here. (#17) This black, white, and red design has a certain lack of details and appears only to be a scene from that someone used trace paper on to create a lackluster drawing. (#18) A Vertigo kind of design that’s a little off-kilter and simultaneously confusing about what it’s trying to say. (#19) Using the motif of the prior design as a base line, the rest of the poster is largely redesigned to feature all of the characters and create an intriguing overall design. (#20) Trying to compose an image of redacted materials shaped around a simple version of the lead character, the design never quite escapes the gimmick it tries to create. (#21) There’s a lack of background detail, but the attempt to take the pyramid design that many all-star films have used in the past to showcase their characters while switching it up to an hourglass shape instead is a bright idea.

Trailer Rating: B+ / B / B+

Review: (#1) The music of the trailer helps the entire trailer work much better than it might otherwise. There is a lot of information here to take in, but its presented well enough to make it look interesting.

(#2) More adventure and quite a bit more plot development, but that doesn’t enhance the film’s appearance all that much. The prior design had a more compelling soundscape.

(#3) This series has struggled to make trailers that are incredibly engaging and at least we’re back to a position where action and excitement are the name of the day. Few details of the plot are presented, but plenty of awesome-looking action set pieces might be all the film needs to draw audiences in.

Oscar Prospects:


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