I bought into the dysfunctional family vibe of the Romanoffs.
Without giving away too many of the movie’s best surprises, Black Widow introduces three important characters from Natasha’s history — the “family” she knew from her adolescence… though what information, when you are a spy, can really be trusted. Alexi (David Harbour), her father, was a participant in the Super Soldier serum program, adopting the moniker Red Guardian. Melina (Rachel Weisz), Natasha’s mother, tried to be the glue that held the family together, though her own experiments with mind manipulation make her valuable to their Russian warlords. Finally, and most notably, Black Widow introduces the equally deadly Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Natasha’s sister and another graduate of the Red Room’s Widow program whose eyes have recently been opened to the harsh realities of her past.