Excited for the Black Widow film? Effectively you have actually been ready lengthy sufficient. Whereas the MCU’s male hero films have piled up, Black Widow’s one is nicely overdue: you would not have the Marvel Cinematic Universe with out Scarlett Johansson’s iconic character.
When the solo Black Widow film lastly arrives – hopefully the pandemic would not see its launch date delayed once more – the much-deserved highlight will probably be on Natasha Romanoff and her shady former life as an murderer. Then we discover ourselves again into aftermath of Civil Battle, because the Black Widow film is the MCU pioneer heralding the daybreak of a brand new section of Marvel.
Here is what you’ll want to know concerning the Black Widow film launch date, trailer, solid, and the way it matches into the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. Spoilers for older MCU movies comply with.
The Black Widow launch date has moved to 2021
The Black Widow film is now slated for Could 7, 2021, a full yr after its unique launch date. Primarily because of the coronavirus, this implies there will probably be no MCU movies to return out in a calendar yr since 2009, as The Eternals and Shang-Chi make means for Romanoff’s journey by shifting again later into subsequent yr.
Naturally we’re all eager to lastly see the movie, a sense Johansson little doubt shares. “We’re all desirous to get the film out,” she stated alongside Florence Pugh to Marie Claire. “However extra essential than something, everyone needs the expertise to really feel secure, to have folks be capable of actually really feel assured about sitting in an enclosed theatre.”
Earlier than Black Widow was delayed into subsequent yr, Disney confirmed to Digital Spy that the UK launch date could be every week sooner than within the US, but it surely’s anyone’s guess how the state of the world and the movie trade will look as we method the brand new Black Widow launch date.
Black Widow trailer: assembly the household
Above, you possibly can watch the ultimate Black Widow trailer. The opposite 4, together with the Tremendous Bowl 2020 Large Sport spot and behind-the-scenes featurette on Marvel’s YouTube channel. In terms of what the teaser footage tells us thus far, the ultimate trailer reveals us extra of the Taskmaster’s plan: he is utilizing the Purple Room the place Natasha was skilled to manage brokers.
The primary trailer opens with a montage of Romanoff staring right into a mirror and scenes from earlier MCU films to spotlight the movie’s key theme: household. “I used to don’t have anything. However then I bought this job. This household. However nothing lasts without end,” she says.
We additionally see Romanoff assembly a returning William Damage as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross – might this be the place the Russian agent is persuaded to defect to america? – and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, an operative with related abilities to Black Widow, who Romanoff describes as “sis”. Organic sisters, or religious? We’ll have to attend and see.
Within the ‘particular look’ trailer we are able to see that Black Widow should resist her previous by tackling a brand new breed of murderer, a “new world of Widows”. Within the unique trailer Widow hints on the “errors” she made earlier than becoming a member of S.H.I.E.L.D and this military of assassins seems to be these made manifest, which appears to be her main arc within the story.
Black Widow solid defined
Alongside the returning ScarJo, Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz performs Melina, a Russian spy who goes beneath the alias Iron Maiden, who’s a villain within the comics. Florence Pugh is Yelena, who assumed the Black Widow mantle after Natasha Romanoff in print.
After which there’s Stranger Issues/Hellboy star David Harbour performs Alexie Shostakov, in any other case generally known as Purple Guardian. He’s Russia’s super-soldier reply to Captain America, although within the film, he seems to be a bit of out of practice.
The principal solid is rounded out by the aforementioned William Damage as Thaddeus Ross, and Ray Winstone in an as-yet-unrevealed function. OT Fagbenle performs a personality known as Mason, however there’s hypothesis that Fagbenle is taking part in the aforementioned Taskmaster, a masked, bow-wielding vigilante. Marvel is taking part in that individual card near its chest.
There are additionally reviews that Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man will make an look – he might have been killed in Avengers: Endgame, however as with Romanoff, the Black Widow film’s place within the timeline makes a comeback possible.
How does Black Widow match into the MCU?
Eagle-eyed viewers can have seen the inconvenient indisputable fact that (spoiler alert for the 2 or three individuals who haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame) Black Widow was one of many high-profile casualties of the ultimate Avengers film. The brand new movie isn’t messing round with continuity, nonetheless, as a result of it’s set a while within the aftermath of Captain America: Civil Battle, when Natasha Romanoff resides as a fugitive after serving to Captain America and Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) escape the authorities.
“There are methods to do prequels which can be much less informative or reply questions you didn’t essentially have, after which there are methods to do prequels the place you be taught all types of belongings you by no means knew earlier than,” MCU overlord Kevin Feige teased io9 again in June. “I take a look at Higher Name Saul as a beautiful instance of a prequel that nearly fully stands by itself aside from Breaking Dangerous as a result of it informs you about so many belongings you didn’t find out about earlier than.”
It additionally appears seemingly that the film will function loads of flashbacks – the scene with Ross within the trailer incorporates a considerably de-aged William Damage, suggesting the assembly takes place a lot earlier in Romanoff’s historical past. We additionally see hints of the brutal “Purple Room” facility seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the place Black Widow was skilled. In different phrases, anticipate this to be the MCU film from the opposite facet of the Iron Curtain.
Black Widow story: what else do we all know?
Past what’s within the trailers? Not so much. That is Marvel, in any case, a studio well-known for not gifting away pointless plot particulars. With Black Widow being such a preferred character, nonetheless – together with the very fact MCU films are likely to get sequels – we are able to’t assist questioning if this will probably be an excuse to carry the deceased Natasha Romanoff again into the broader Marvel continuity, a lot as Avengers: Endgame supplied a means again for Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Nevertheless, in an interview with Total Film, Johansson made clear that “One of many themes of the movie is household. What’s household? How does it outline us? How does our previous outline us? How does our household – nonetheless we outline it – make up who we’re, for higher or worse?” It appears like revelations from Widow’s previous will change loads about how we understand the character in her earlier MCU outings. It additionally counsel the movie will lurch from usually action-packed superhero fare to household drama, which sounds promising.
Black Widow director: Cate Shortland is making this Marvel film
The Black Widow film’s director is Cate Shortland, the Australian helmer of Somersault, Lore and TV collection The Secret Lifetime of Us. It’s one other admirably leftfield selection for Marvel who, after Taika Waititi on Thor: Ragnarok, and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on Captain Marvel – are making a behavior of taking an opportunity on fascinating filmmakers.
The screenplay, in the meantime, is from Jac Schaeffer (who’s showrunning upcoming Scarlet Witch/The Imaginative and prescient Disney+ present WandaVision), and Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby).
Can Black Widow proceed the MCU’s kind?
A Black Widow film is the appropriate transfer for Marvel after Avengers: Endgame. The stakes of the MCU have to dial again a bit earlier than they’ll escalate to that degree once more, and a film that eventually explores Natasha’s origins seems like a useless cert. The standard of the ensemble solid, too, speaks to how nicely Marvel Studios is regarded proper now – everybody needs to be a part of it.
It is only a disgrace we have now to attend for it, however that is simply the best way issues are proper now in cinema.