Black Widow is almost back. While we know how Nate’s story ultimately ends, this prequel chapter may be integral not only to the character’s legacy, but to how Marvel Phase 4 will come together.
With the origin of Phase 4 just a few months ago, we have decided to bring you everything you need in preparation for Black Widow.
There are interesting excerpts from the cast news that could have the villain of the piece as well as the eye-popping Marvel returns, trailers, posters and even where the film fits on the MCU timeline.
So, get ready to red that laser and take on Taskmaster: here is all you need to know about the movie Black Widow.
Black Widow movie release date is set (and it’s not going straight to Disney Plus)
This is all change on the front of the Black Widow release date. Originally postponed to May 1, theaters closed Marvel’s hand. Black Widow now takes the November 6, 2020 slot, previously reserved for Atternals. This, in turn, is pushed back to February 12, 2021, a series of release dates by Marvel.
But those in the US may have to undergo a social media blackout in the week of release. This is because there is a new Black Widow UK release date, and it is a week before on 28 October.
Black Widow movie cast
Scarlett Johansson, essentially, Natasha is back in the Romanoff. After all, how could there be a Black Widow movie without him? But she is not coming alone.
Midsummer lead Florence Pugh as Yidena to join her in the Black Widow movie cast, another member of the Black Widow training program. Pugh describes Natasha’s character as “like a sister”, though, as we soon discover, there is a lot of bad blood between the two.
Rachel Weisz, meanwhile, has another new Black Widow on the block, playing Melina Vostokoff. Possible spoils here, but not all that he is known for in comics. There, he goes under the guise of the villainous iron maiden, who is very angry at Nut.
Perhaps the most commodity joining the cast is Stranger Things’ David Harbor. However, he is changing his police cap for a big-ass shield, as he plays the role of Alexei, otherwise known in the comics as the Red Guardian. As shown by the trailer, he also gets an ill-fitting suit to squeeze and even throws his hands at some masked enemies.
As the main villain of the piece: Taskmaster is in the film, and they are in control of the Red Room, the birthplace of the Black Widow. There is no word on the casting yet, although it is revealed that Natasha will be up against the villain who recently made the (irritated) series of appearances in the Spider-Man PS4 game.
Elsewhere, Variety is stating that British acting legend Ray Winstone has signed on to play an anonymous role in the film, while THR says T.T. Fagben, the fame of The Handmaid’s Tale, is also appearing in Black Widow. Nobody knows who he is playing. Hmm …
Recently, however, there have been rumblings about two MCU actors making their presence felt as part of the Black Widow film cast.
First up is the big one: Robert Downey Jr. Yup. Tony Stark may return less than a year after his alleged departure in Avengers: Endgame. Although it has a slight twist. According to reports, his cameo would actually be snatched straight from a Captain America: Civil War unrelated secret scene, with Stark asking Knut to make a run for it. Snooly with the Black Widow timeline fits in well with Infinity War and Endgame.
Also intriguing is the explicit inclusion of General Ross, who was last seen in the endgame, but is known for his antagonistic role in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. He was seen on-set (via Just Jared), using a cane to help prop himself up, and his role in the film was later confirmed by the trailer. Could he set up the Thunderbolts, the nefarious Marvel team-for-hire?
Black Widow movie trailers: watch every teaser now
There are not one, not two, but three Black Widow trailers, plus Black Widow Super Bowl teasers! You can see the first one above, but let’s break down the necessary takeaway, just in case you don’t miss anything.
Prior to Infinity War, Natasha looks like her ‘family’ of Black widows, including Yelana, Rachel Weis’ anonymous character and father’s name: David Harbor’s Red Guardian.
They appear to be battling the taskmaster in one scene, though the major motif that runs through the Black Widow trailer is that Natasha will stop running away from her past. What does anyone think when she unearths the obscure history of her early years, but at least this is a chapter she can finally close, especially when we know that the Avengers: Endgame is about to come.
The nut also has a new look: a white suit. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid film, also liked it from the boss’ get-up in The Snake Eater.
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The Black Widow trailer also has a really cool Easter egg. Yelena is wearing a jacket that her “Sis” Nut will later wear in Infinity War. Whether it is a tribute or just a cake, remains to be seen.
The second trailer, meanwhile, showcases a lot of the footage found in the first preview, but also includes a larger version of the piece’s villainous taskmaster. The masked man (or woman, I’m looking at you Rachel Weisz) carries on the theme of mimicking the fighting styles of the Avengers. In the first trailer, it was Hawkeye. Here, it is Cap and even Black Widow himself. But has the taskmaster again emerged with a “new wave of widows”?