Black Widow Movie Download: Trailer, Cast, Release Date, and News
Here’s everything you need to know about the Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson.
Warning: This Black Widow article contains MAJOR spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Seriously. Don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Those who have seen Avengers: Endgame may be a bit surprised to hear that there is a Black Widow movie in the works. After all, Natasha sacrifices herself for the Soul Stone leading into the movie’s climactic third act.
However, the fact remains: After years of mumbling and shuffling their feet every time the prospect of a Black Widow movie was raised, Marvel Studios finally saw the light. More likely, they have seen the stellar box office numbers and critical acclaim that were heaped on Wonder Woman, the first female superhero to headline her own movie in this modern superhero-driven media era, and steered to success by a woman director.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Black Widow movie…
Black Widow Movie Trailer
The first Black Widow trailer has arrived! Watch it below:
Marvel also screened some footage from the film at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. It features Nat and Jeremy Renner’s Clint in the oft-discussed city of Budapest. You can read more about that footage here.
Black Widow Movie Release Date
Black Widow hits theaters on May 1, 2020.
Black Widow Movie Cast
Scarlett Johansson returns as Black Widow herself! Joining her are David Harbour as Alanovich Shostakov (aka Red Guardian), Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova (the second Black Widow), O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
We recently talked to Fugh, who will be playing the “little sister” of Scarlett Johansson’s superhero, and she told us about her entrance into the MCU.
Will Robert Downey Jr. be back as a younger Tony Stark in the film? In his report on this year’s Saturn Award winners, Deadline’s Geoff Boucher wrote: “Robert Downey Jr. will be seen in the role of Stark one more time, however, in the Marvel prequel Black Widow in May 2020.” This is a big reveal from a reputable source hidden in a relatively minor article, so maybe? Marvel has yet to officially comment, but it would be fitting, as Black Widow first appeared in the MCU in Iron Man 2.
Black Widow Movie Director
Cate Shortland is directing the Black Widow movie. Shortland might be best known for working on Berlin Syndrome, however we have been fans of the Australian filmmaker ever since we reviewed Lore back in 2013, which is a beautiful and painful film about a young German girl coming of age at the end of the Second World War, and realizing that her parents and their generation participated in a Holocaust. The leaders she was taught to admire were nationalist monsters. In retrospect, it sounds a bit prescient, eh?
Hopefully, Black Widow will be heavy on the espionage and hard action and easy on the pure superheroics. This is a perfect opportunity for Marvel Studios to play with genres other than strict superheroics, much like they did with space opera/light comedy in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Black Widow Movie Story
Talking to Vanity Fair, Scarlet Johansson revealed some more details about what the Black Widow movie will be about by telling us what it will not be about.
“I did not want it to be an origin story,” Johansson told the magazine. “I did not want it to be an espionage story. I didn’t want it to feel superficial at all. I only wanted to do it if it actually fit where I was with that character.”
So what will it be about?
“The film talks about a lot of tough stuff. It deals with a lot of trauma and pain,” said Johansson. “And so by elevating the genre I mean I hope that it can be both explosive and dynamic and have all that great fun stuff that goes with the genre, but I hope that we can also talk about, you know, self-doubt and insecurity and shame and disappointment and regret and all that stuff too.”
The Black Widow movie will be set following the events of Captain America: Civil War (but before Avengers: Infinity War) when Natasha and many of the other Avengers are living life on the lam after having helped Steve and Bucky escape from the airport in Germany.
“Where we find Natasha in her life at this point is very specific,” Johansson told EW at SDCC. “She really is in a dark place where she’s got no one to call and nowhere to go. She’s really grappling with her own self. When something huge explodes and all the pieces are landing, you have that moment of stillness where you don’t know what to do next — that’s the moment that she’s in. In that moment, you actually have to face yourself.”
A prequel movie makes a lot of sense, given the fact that Natasha’s death seems pretty permanent in Endgame. While Natasha was introduced to the MCU way back in Iron Man 2 and as much fun as it would be to see a more period-driven prequel a la Captain Marvel, setting the film after Civil War gives lots of opportunities for MCU cameos without the risk of messing with the timeline. (Well, anymore than it has already been messed with.)
Black Widow Movie Villain
It looks like Taskmaster is the villain of the movie, and this shot in the trailer with him wielding a bow makes us think he probably encountered Hawkeye at some point.
Maybe he’s what happened in Budapest!