For everyone (us included) who always found the lack of a Black Widow-centric film to be a grave injustice and was seriously pissed off with the giant production house for- SPOILER ALERT!- killing off Natasha Romanoff in “Avengers: Endgame“, can finally breathe in the air of victory. Why? “Cause it’s finally here- the teaser trailer of the first stand-alone movie starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. “Black Widow” is finally out! Yay!
Due to release on 1st December 2020, the film will mark our female Avenger’s first solo adventure. Directed by Cate Shortland, “Black Widow” will be focusing on the former Russian spy, Natasha Romanoff’s blood-stained past as the Avenger is heard saying “I’ve lived a lot of lives, but I’m done running from my past” in the teaser. So, it is pretty evident that something happens that pushes her to return to where she came from and she ends up reuniting with her family played by Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour.
“Black Widow” takes place in the two-year gap between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War”, which explains the anomaly of Marvel making a Black Widow movie as Scarlett Johansson’s Romanoff had sacrificed herself in “Avengers: Endgame” to get the Soul Stone.
A lengthier version of the trailer was shown off at Disney’s biennial D23 fan convention in August this year. So, “Black Widow” will follow Romanoff’s trip to Budapest and her reunion with her family. We will also get to meet Florence Pugh‘s Yelena Belova, referred to as Romanoff’s sister who will eventually become the second Black Widow as well as Rachel Weisz‘s Melina, who is another Black Widow. Apart from a few flashbacks to the existing MCU movies, there is also a supervillain- the Taskmaster- and David Harbour, from “Stranger Things”, will be seen as the Red Guardian.
The news of a stand-alone Black Widow movie were disclosed by Marvel studios’ chief, Kevin Feige, back in 2010, following the release of “Iron Man 2.” While both Feige and Scarlett Johansson were interested in doing a spinoff movie, nothing was finalized, well, until now.
After Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson’s character will be the last original Avenger who will be starring in an individual movie, which will mark the beginning of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4. Due to be released on 6th November 2020, “The Eternals” will be the next in line.