Black Widow is an upcoming American dark spy superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Cate Shortland and written by Eric Pearson from a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson.
It features Scarlett Johansson, William Hurt and Robert Downey Jr. reprising their roles of Natasha Romanoff, Thaddeus Ross and Tony Stark from the previous movies with Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz joining them playing new characters. Set in an alternate timeline, the film sees Romanoff leaving the Avengers for a while and being forced to confront her past.
Development of a Black Widow film began in April 2004 by Lionsgate, with David Hayter attached to write and direct. The project did not move forward and the film rights to the character reverted to Marvel Studios by June 2006. Johansson was cast in the role for several MCU films beginning with Iron Man 2 (2010). Marvel and Johansson expressed interest in a solo film several times over the following years, before Schaeffer and Shortland were hired in 2018. Benson joined in early 2019, with Pearson added later. Filming took place from May to October, in Norway, Budapest, Morocco, Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom, and in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia.
Black Widow is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 7, 2021, as the first film in Phase Four of the MCU. Its release was delayed twice from an original May 2020 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plot[edit | edit source]
In an alternate 2023, Natasha has to confront the darkest parts of her past as a spy. Helped by her adoptive sister Yelena and the rest of their family, Natasha will have to confront and stop a dangerous mutate mercenary named Taskmaster which is able to copy all people's moves and fighting styles and was sent by Thaddeus Ross to kill her.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, a younger female mercenary that is Natasha's adoptive sister.
- David Harbour as Alexi Shostakov / Red Guardian, a Sovietic super soldier that is Natasha's father figure.
- O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason, a spy that had a romantic past with Romanoff.
- William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
- Ray Winstone as Dreykov, Natasha's father and a mafia boss.
- Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, an older spy and Natasha's mother figure.
- To-be-confirmed actor as Tony Masters / Taskmaster, a mutate mercenary that is able to copy the abilities and fighting skills of his adversary.
- Olivier Richters as a To-be-confirmed-character
- Simona Zivkovska as a To-be-confirmed-character
- Shaina West as a To-be-confirmed-character
- Yolanda Lynes as a To-be-confirmed-character
- Jade Ma as a To-be-confirmed-character
Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit | edit source]
- Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow appears.
- Yelena Belova is introduced.
- Alexi Shostakov is introduced.
- Melina Vostokoff is introduced.
- Tony Masters/Taskmaster is introduced.
- Rick Mason is introduced.
- Thaddeus Ross appears.
- Tony Stark/Iron Man appears.
- Clint Barton/Hawkeye appears.
Production[edit | edit source]
"We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March," Feige said in a February 2014 interview to Total Film. "[Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."
However, on March 17, 2014, Kevin Feige recanted his statements in an interview with "Examiner.com," citing that she has been involved in three movies already and another character (Ms. Marvel) might be more interesting.
In August 2014, British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in an interview that he wants to direct the film.
While at the Fan Expo on August 31, 2014, Stan Lee revealed that the film may be moving forward.
In an interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige are discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.
On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that they have confirmed a discussion about seeing a Black Widow movie.
In February 2017, Johansson told Total Film Magazine while talking about her movie Ghost in the Shell that "timing" is key to making Black Widow a reality.
On October 2019, it was announced that Florence Pugh, David Harbour would join the cast playing new characters while Robert Downey Jr. was announced to reprise his role of Tony Stark in the film after renewing his contract with Marvel Studios.
Some month later, William Hurt was seen on the set and later was confirmed to appear in the film reprising his role of Thaddeus Ross.
As of March 17, 2020, the film's release has been delayed indefinitely following coronavirus concerns, until further notice.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- David Hayter wrote a script, and was set to direct, in 2004, when the character's film rights were still at Artisan Entertainment/Lions Gate.
- This will be Scarlett Johansson's ninth time playing Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff.
- Nicole Perlman wrote a treatment for the movie movie around 2010/2011.
- Scarlett Johansson appeared in a mock trailer for a Black Widow standalone film in a digital short aired during Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa, presented as a cliche-filled romantic comedy where Black Widow is an intern at a fashion magazine and dating Ultron.
- This movie will be the first Phase 4 film.
- This will be the second female led superhero film from Marvel Cinematic Universe after Captain Marvel.
- In the Comics, Daredevil and Black Widow were a couple and Charlie Cox from Netflix's Daredevil wants a crossover movie.
- Previously, Hellboy director Neil Marshall had expressed interest in directing the film, but was not approached as Marvel is seeking a female director.
- Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Alice Englert, Dar Zuzovsky, and Florence Pugh were considered for the role of Yelena Belova with Watson being the front-runner. Ultimately, Pugh was cast.
- It's currently unknown which role Iron Man will have in the film and how huge it will be.
- It was rumored that Captain America would appear in the fm but it was fake. It was later rumored that Hawkeye would appear in the film at least for a cameo due to his friendship with Natasha but it hasn't been confirmed yet which means that if he will appear it will only be a cameo or just at the end of the film.
- The trailers of the film didn't show that much for now.
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References[edit | edit source]
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- Marvel’s Movie Plans: Black Widow & Hawkeye Could Get Solo Films
- Kevin Feige On Black Widow's Role In THE AVENGERS 2 And An Eventual Solo Movie
- Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dismisses solo female comic book films
- Game of Thrones Big-Battle Director Neil Marshall Either Wants to Direct a Black Widow Movie or Unleash Those Dragons
- FAN EXPO: MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: THE LEGENDARY STAN LEE
- BLACK WIDOW Movie: Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Feige Have Discussed a Series of Films
- Clark Gregg says it'd be "tragic" if Marvel doesn't make a Black Widow movie
- The Russo Brothers Would Be Interested In Doing A Black Widow Solo Movie
- Russo Brothers talk about Captain America Civil war in China (2015)
- Kevin Feige On ‘Captain America: Civil War’ And All Things Marvel – Deadline Q&A
- Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios is ‘Committing’ to a Black Widow Solo Movie
- COMIC-CON 2016: JOSS WHEDON WOULD DIRECT A BLACK WIDOW MOVIE IF MARVEL ASKED
- The Black Widow movie "should be done" says Scarlett Johansson
- Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Wants to Make a Marvel Comedy With a Surprising Avenger
- Marvel’s Standalone ‘Black Widow’ Movie Gains Momentum With Jac Schaeffer Writing