The upcoming Marvel film Black Widow is the first and possibly only standalone movie for the super spy and assassin. Directed by Cate Shortland, it was first announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con and will make its cinematic debut on 1 May 2020.
The project actually began in 2004 by Lionsgate before they gave back the rights to Marvel Studios. It got dropped for a long time due to a financial issue and subsequently, other Marvel films. The solo film idea only got revisited in 2014 after Age of Ultron explored a bit of Black Widow’s past. Soon after, Scarlett Johansson also expressed interest in the film, along with a few directors willing to helm the project. In 2018, Marvel met with over 65 potential directors, all of whom were female as it was part of the studios’ business decision. In the end, with Johansson’s support, Shortland was hired.
The upcoming Black Widow film will of course be starring Johansson as she reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She’ll be joined by David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone and Olivier Richters.
Marvel has shown a teaser of the movie at the Comic-Con and D23 but has yet to reveal it worldwide. Though according to Polygon, the footage showed that much of the action is held at Budapest. This is where Natasha will meet Yelena Belova (Pugh) and engage in an even fight, in which their movements mirrored each other. They eventually come to a truce.
In another scene, she is having a meal with Red Guardian (Harbour) who calls them a family. The trailer ended with Natasha facing off against the villain Taskmaster who can perfectly match her combat moves.
You can see some of the footage in this leaked video:
So, it looks like the story will pick up after the events of the 2016 movie, Captain America: Civil War. This is where Natasha is running from the government alone because she helped Steve Rogers aka Captain America disobey the Sokovia Accords.
Can’t wait for the official Black Widow trailer to come out!