Though she was the first female superhero to appear in the Marvel Universe waaaaay back in Iron Man 2, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), has had to wait nearly a decade to get her own feature, losing out to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in Captain Marvel last year. Of course, we all know that Black Widow is dead, having sacrificed her life so that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) could receive the Soul Stone on Vormir in Avengers: Endgame, so what’s the deal with this movie?
Black Widow takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, when those who sided with Captain America (Chris Evans) are considered outlaws, which is echoed in this teaser trailer when a de-aged Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt) mentions that she “had to leave in a hurry.” The trailer doesn’t tell us much about the plot of the movie, though it appears as if Black Widow returns to Russia to join up with her “sister” Black Widow Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), veteran Black Widow Melina (Rachel Weisz) and the Soviet Union’s answer to Captain America, Red Guardian (David Harbour), against Taskmaster and possibly the entire organization known as the Red Room that trained, indoctrinated, brainwashed and sterilized young Natasha into becoming a hired killer in the first place.
Black Widow was directed by Cate Shortland, from a script by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson. It is slated to open in theaters on May 1, 2010.
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