This isn’t even the first we’ve heard of Feige’s love for this moment. During a takeover of the Marvel Studios Twitter back in July, he called it both his favorite scene and “the heart of the movie.”
The second dinner scene which is the heart of the movie. -KF #BlackWidowWatchParty https://t.co/98p3pQnBOz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 20, 2021
It’s surprising to hear that Shortland and Johansson ever argued against such a memorable scene, though it’s fairly understandable. On paper, this moment is implausible: where, while being hunted by an underground league of assassins, could our heroes possibly find the time to sit back for a chat about their feelings? But they do, at the perfect possible moment, just in time to up the emotional stakes for the final battle.
As Shortland said, each of the characters falls back into their earlier assigned roles: the parents flirt and the children bicker. It reflects the film’s opening scene, making clear how much has changed since Natasha’s brief childhood. And despite their initial struggle to connect, Natasha shares a moment of understanding with Melina while Alexei quits whining about his past accolades long enough to actually show Yelena some love.
For all that it lacked, “Black Widow” kept a core part of Natasha intact — family matters above all else.
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