How do you feel when TV shows or movies bring back characters from the dead?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, before we debate Marvel's Black Widow, we discuss ratings being reevaluated decades after release in Britain, then dive into this week's topic of bringing characters back from the dead. And we mean actually, truly, verified dead characters on a TV series or a movie that later comes back from the dead. Is this cliche? Is it a copout? Does this concept EVER work without lowering the stakes in whatever the property is? 

Then we hop into Marvel's latest superhero opus of Black Widow, which brings back Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff before her eventual death in Avengers: Endgame as she takes on a maniacal villain in the form of Ray Winstone's Dreykov. Throughout the film we learn more about Natasha's past, what happened in Budapest, and more about her estranged family including Yelena (Florence Pugh), Alexei (David Harbour), and Melina (Rachel Weisz).

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 28:05) Should ratings be reevaluated decades after release
  • (28:06 – 1:04:25) From the Outside In: Bringing Back Dead Characters
  • (1:04:26 – 1:10:40) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
  • (1:10:41 - 2:04:08) Black Widow Spoiler Discussion
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