Black Widow is an upcoming American 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, and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow alongside Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. Set after Captain America: Civil War (2016), the film sees Romanoff on the run and 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 Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger."
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova
- David Harbour as Alexi Shostakov/Red Guardian
- O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason
- William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross
- Ray Winstone as Dreykov
- Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff
- To-be-confirmed actor as Tony Masters/Taskmaster
- 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.
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.
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 released after MCU's Phase 3 is over as there is no Black Widow movie up to Phase 3.
- 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.
- André Holland was considered for the villain role but O-T Fagbenle was ultimately cast.
- It was revealed that the film is set after Captain America: Civil War.
- It was rumored that Robert Downey, Jr. might make a cameo appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the film.
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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
- Chris Evans Loves 'Black Panther'