Surprisingly violent and intense for an MCU film, but still great fun for teens.
Parents need to know that Black Widow is definitely one of the more mature MCU movies. For starters, It's got more blood and disturbing content then most movies in the franchise. Aside from the explosions and shooting that are too be expected in an action movie, there are numerous fight scenes that often start to touch into the brutal side. People are slammed against hard objects, punched, burned, shot, stabbed, and just beaten really hard. Two of these fights sort of remind me of the type of thing that you would see in a Jason Bourne movie. In one scene near the beginning, there is a knife fight. One character ends up stabbing the other in the stomach before ripping the knife out to the side. It's not shown in graphic detail, the camera is behind the person getting stabbed. However, you can definitely tell what is going on, and the sound effects don't help with that at all. The wound isn't shown until the woman who was stabbed falls to the floor and starts gasping for breath. The other woman who just killed her then takes the same knife and cuts open her leg to remove a tracking device. This is shown fairly quickly but it's bloody and painful to watch. The bloody tracking device on the ground is then zoomed in on. Later in the movie, a woman under partial mind control falls off a building and breaks her leg. She looks at the main character with obvious fear and says "I don't want to do this" before the villain forces her to shoot herself on camera. It's done with a laser gun, but her half-fried head is shown as the camera backs away. In another scene a man beats a woman under partial mind control pretty hard, and she can't fight back. She slams her head against a table which breaks her nose but stops the partial mind control thing. She has a bloody nose, and she is shown up close pushing her nose back in place. During an intense sort of chase scene, a character follows a trail of blood. A woman blows up a building with a little girl inside. (She is shown walking into the building before it is detonated.) Now, I'm going to talk about a scene that most other parents have an issue with: The human trafficking scene. At the end of the opening scene, a dad gives his two girls up and they are drugged and taken. Then the best and most emotionally intense opening credits scene that I have ever scene starts. A more emotional and slow version of "Smells like teen spirit" plays as the girls are forcefully separated, imprisoned, selected for training, brainwashed, trained, and basically turned into assassins and soldiers. I'm not 100% sure, but I think this scene takes place during the cold war too, so that is why the girls are used. This scene is not for the faint of heart and is actually gritty and intense, unlike the rest of the MCU. I am so glad that they touched on this, because human trafficking is a real thing that happens. This type of thing happens to girls all over the world in real life, except they usually aren't being trained into assassins or soldiers, but sex-slaves and prostitutes to make money for their masters. It's sad, and it's very real. I wish Marvel would make an entire movie or series about the two girl's lives growing up, and about how Natasha escaped. That is a great opportunity for social commentary. Anyways, this scene at the beginning shouldn't be taken lightly. Kids 13 and up should be able to handle it though. As far as language goes, there is around 15 uses of sh*t and a few uses of b*tch. Also, Yelena gives a fairly graphic description of how in the program they reached up into her vagina and pulled out her uterus and sexual organs. Also, there is one minor sexual reference when the dad tells his wife that since he has been in prison for so long, he has a lot of... "energy." Overall, Black Widow is definitely one of the better Marvel movies, and I would totally recommend it for teens and adults. It works as it's own movie and there is absolutely no reason why you would need to see the other marvel movies to understand it. I do wish they would have touched on the Widows' origin story a bit more, but the movie is still good. I would give it a solid 75/100 and recommend it for ages 13+. Parents, beware this isn't as kid friendly and light as the other marvel movies, at least near the beginning. It's not super mature though, the PG-13 rating is perfect for this one though.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness