Early this morning, Marvel Studios finally gave fans the first official look at what Phase 4 will hold by releasing the first-look teaser trailer for Black Widow.
Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) has been in the MCU since 2010’s Iron Man 2 when she was introduced as Natalie Rushman, an undercover spy for S.H.I.E.L.D. who poses as Tony Stark’s personal assistant. Finally, ten entire years and eight full-fledged appearances in the MCU later, Black Widow has landed in her own movie.
Astute observers of the MCU timeline will notice that this first entry in Phase 4 takes place some time ago. More specifically, this story takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
As is usually the case with these early trailers, story tends to be scarce, but we see that Natasha goes “back home” (so to speak) to reunite with her assassin family, including her “sister” (and other possible black widow assassin) Yelena (Florence Pugh). We also meet Red Guardian (David Harbour) who, as one of the other assassins points out, has put on a bit of weight since they last met (but the suit still fits!).
From there, it seems the family is tasked with infiltrating the organization that taught them to be assassins to begin with in order to stop some greater evil from emerging (maybe there shouldn’t be schools for assassins at all?). We also know that the villain, Taskmaster, is to be featured in this film, though how all of these pieces fit together will remain to be seen.
The big takeaway here is this: Marvel is finally willing to do this character some justice with a standalone film…even if it’s too late for much of Natasha’s story here to matter for the greater extended universe. The greatest implication of this film could be the emergence of a new/ replacement Black Widow. Look for the possibility of this film to double as Natasha’s swan song and an origin story for a new character (Yelena?) to emerge in the MCU as a whole.
Black Widow is expected to open May 1, 2020.
Regardless, what do you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to Natasha finally having her (mostly) standalone moment? Hit us in the comments!
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