‘Black Widow’ To Get 22-Minutes Of IMAX Expanded Aspect Ratio, New Image Shows The Difference

The wait for Black Widow is almost over. It’s hard to believe we’ve seen so much from Marvel in recent months and yet this will be the first movie as part of Phase 4. And as part of welcoming fans back to theaters, Marvel Studios is giving a little something extra to those who choose to see the film in IMAX.

IMAX and Marvel Studios have announced that Black Widow will debut with 22 minutes of select scenes in IMAX exclusive expanded aspect ratio. So we’re going to see even more of Natasha Romanoff flipping and shooting and posing and grappling and all that good stuff the super spy Avenger is known for. Up to 26% more of the onscreen image will be available, and IMAX given us a look at the difference that will make.


Here’s a description of the technical stuff:

Aspect ratio is the technical term for the proportional relationship between an image’s width and height. Most films are presented in an aspect ratio called CinemaScope (2.40:1) which is why they appear very wide but not very high. IMAX provides filmmakers with the ability to use an expanded aspect ratio – allowing them to use more of the original image. Watching a film with an expanded aspect ratio provides audiences with a full immersive view that fills the peripheral vision more than any other cinematic experience.

Black Widow opens in theaters, IMAX, and Disney Premier Access on July 9th. The film is directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.