Black Widow’ Cast, Release Date, Plot and More on This Avenger’s Solo Film

At long last, Marvel Studios is giving fans what they want with a solo film starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, also known as the elite spy and Avenger, “Black Widow.”. At Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019, a whole slew of announcements were made about the MCU’s Phase Four which includes Black Widow.

Everything we know about the Black Widow movie

The film’s only been in production for a month, according to the cast on the MCU panel at Comic-Con 2019.   

The film will be set in Budapest. The first time fans heard Romanoff mention Budapest was during the first Avengers film in 2012, when she chatted with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) about a mysterious adventure in the Hungarian city.

When does it take place?

The movie will take place shortly after Captain America: Civil War but before Infinity War and Endgame, making it a prequel to the more recent Avengers films. Which makes sense, considering what happened to Romanoff during Endgame…

In the Black Widow movie, fans will see what happened after Romanoff went into exile after allowing Captain America and Bucky Barnes to escape in Civil War. 

Black Widow footage shown at Comic-Con 2019

Comic-Con 2019 attendees saw some footage of an epic fight scene between Scarlett Johansson and fellow cast member Florence Pugh as the character Yelena Belova. The two were described as “sisters.” 

The SDCC footage includes past footage of Romanoff from Marvel movies like Iron Man 2, Age of Ultron, Civil War and Endgame.

When Is The Black Widow Movie Release Date?

It was confirmed at Marvel’s SDCC 2019 presentation that Black Widow’s release date will be the first of Phase Four: May 1, 2020. It will be one of two Phase Four Films releasing in 2020, with Eternals arriving in November.

Where Can I Watch the Black Widow Trailer?

There is no official trailer for Black Widow. Production is already underway and new footage was previewed at SDCC 2019. The first Black Widow footage included previews of Natasha traveling to Budapest, fighting one of her former assassin friends, Yelena Belova. The two brawl throughout an apartment and it’s clear the two women are a perfect match for one another as they’ve been trained in the same style of fighting. The first footage indicates these two will begin as enemies but may develop into allies. The footage also previews the film’s villain, Taskmaster.

Who is the main villain, Taskmaster?

Other SDCC footage shows Romanoff’s car blown up by the villainous Taskmaster. They fight and Romanoff notices that he can mirror all her fight moves — much like Belova in the previous fight. Could Belova secretly be Taskmaster, or is there more to this mysterious baddie? 

The supervillain made his first appearance in The Avengers comic book series back in 1980. His superpowers include the ability to mimic his opponent’s physical movements simply by seeing them.

Taskmaster wears a hood over his head and uses a protective shield. In the comics, Taskmaster also taught criminals how to improve their fighting skills. 

Marvel Studios’s Director of Visual Development Andy Park posted on Instagram on July 22 the first concept art for the movie, which shows Black Widow battling Taskmaster. 

Who is the Red Guardian?

Stranger Things and Hellboy star David Harbour has been cast as Alexei Shostakov, also known as the Red Guardian.

The Red Guardian first appeared in the comics in The Avengers #43. The comics have Shostakov as a longtime agent of the KGB, but it’s unclear yet if his character will be an enemy or ally to Romanoff.

Who’s making the film? 

Cate Shortland directs, making her the first female director Marvel has hired to single-handedly helm a feature-length, live-action film. Shortland is best known for her female-led movies Lore and Berlin Syndrome.

The script is penned by female screenwriter and producer Jac Schaeffer, best known for her other female-led superhero movie Captain Marvel. 

Meet the cast

  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov AKA the Red Guardian
  • Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova
  • O.T. Fagbenle as Mason
  • Rachel Weisz as Melina
  • Ray Winstone in an unnamed role

No official word yet if Jeremy Renner will reprise his role as Hawkeye in the Black Widow movie.

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