Marvel recently released the Black Widow film trailer starring one of the most iconic figures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow in the film set after the events of Captain America: Civil War but before Avengers: Infinity War. Fans might be surprised to hear about a standalone Black Widow film since she sacrificed herself for the Soul Stone in the movie Avengers: Endgame.
The film’s events take place at a time when the main character, the Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), was alive. The film follows Natasha at a point where she has to face her past. Unlike most superhero standalone films, Black Widow is not an origin story. The recently-released trailer shed some light into various aspects of the film. Here is a look at what to expect.
The events of Budapest
The Hungarian capital features in the opening shot of the film’s trailer. It hints that fans might finally get to know about something that was briefly mentioned in the Avengers film in 2012. In a battle in New York, Natasha Romanoff said to Hawkeye that it seems like Budapest all over again, to which he replied that they both remembered Budapest very differently.
In the trailer, a man’s voice asks Natasha what she is going to do now that she has to leave in a hurry. The voice likely belongs to Thaddeus Ross, the Secretary of State during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Fans will probably get a glimpse of Ross’s early career at a time when he was recruiting Natasha to SHIELD.
One scene in the trailer sees Natasha enter an apartment to confront Yelena Belova, a product of the Black Widow program. Like Natasha, Yelena is a trained assassin and spy. After a brief fight, Natasha casually says that ‘it is good to see you too, sis’. While it is not entirely clear whether the two are blood sisters or not, it will be fascinating to see how that part unfolds.
The Red Room
The trailer shows a glimpse of the Red Room training facility. This is where recruits of the Black Widow program are moulded into deadly assassins. The trailer shows a group of women making precisely choreographed moves while wielding guns. This might be a significant part of the film’s plot since Natasha and Yelena are both products of the Red Room.
A car chase scene in the trailer introduces a character who seems like the main villain in the film, the Taskmaster. In related comics, the Taskmaster is known for his photographic reflexes which allow him/her to replicate anyone’s skills after observing them. It is not yet known who will play the Taskmaster, but some fans have been speculating that it could be an actress considering the female-centred theme of the movie.
Since the Taskmaster is shown using a bow and arrow, it is possible that he/she once encountered Hawkeye.
Melina, played by Rachel Weisz, is another product of the Red Room. In Marvel’s comics, Melina goes on to become the fearsome villain, Iron Maiden. In this film, though, she could be appearing as an early mentor to Natasha. However, it is also possible that she could be the film’s villain and possibly has something to do with Natasha’s continuity in future films.
If Natasha’s main aim is to bring down the Black Widow program, which seems likely from the trailer, then she will undoubtedly come into conflict with Melina. The latter is the perfect epitome of the program’s spirit.
Return of the Red Guardian
A dinner scene at the end of the trailer introduces another major character, the Red Guardian (Alexei Shostakov), played by Daniel Harbour. The Red Guardian, according to comics, is Russia’s answer to Captain America. Natasha was once married to the Red Guardian before her recruitment into the Black Widow program.
Here is a look at the film's trailer.
Cast and release date
Here are the main cast members and crew involved in the film.
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (the Black Widow).
- Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova.
- David Harbour as the Red Guardian.
- Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.
- The film was directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.
Black Widow will be released on 1st May 2020.
The upcoming Black Widow film promises an exciting viewing experience. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be particularly excited to see how the storyline unfolds and whether there is a possibility of seeing Natasha in future films. The film will also see Scarlett Johansson appearing in a more prominent role than the supportive one she has previously played in several Marvel films.