After months of curiosity, the Black Widow trailer has finally arrived! Fans have long wondered when the film would be set, given Natasha’s fate in Avengers: Endgame. Warning: major spoilers for Endgame follow! Read on at your own peril.
Black Widow Takes Us Back
We now know that the Natasha Romanov solo flick will take place immediately following the events of Civil War and before the events of Infinity War. This means that Natasha is likely still just as dead in the ongoing continuity of the films, as this movie won’t serve as a resurrection plot. Or, that’s at least what it looks like.
The movie will follow Nat as she travels back to the places that have haunted her most. We see flashbacks (from Age of Ultron, originally) depicting Nat’s time in the Red Room. While we don’t know much about the program that made her into Black Widow, we do know that the events that transpired there helped to make her into the killing machine we all know and love (and sometimes fear).
The Gang’s All Here
The all-star cast includes David Harbour, of Stranger Things fame, and Florence Pugh, who you may remember from Midsommar. Harbour will portray Red Guardian, a Captain America-style superhero from Russia who was Black Widow’s husband for a time in the comics. Pugh will be playing Yelena Belova, another alumna of the Red Room and Nat’s “sister.”
In the trailer, we learn that Red Guardian, Belova and Natasha are “a family,” and they’re facing off against legendary Marvel Comics villain Taskmaster. For the uninformed, Taskmaster is a deadly supervillain with the ability to read and mimic any fighting technique his opponents use. This makes him a dark mirror of any superhero he goes up against.
Phase 4 Kicks Off in Style
We’ve also finally got a release date for Black Widow: The film will be in theaters on May 1, 2020. It will be the very first of the Phase 4 slate of films, which will also include The Eternals and sequels to Captain Marvel and Black Panther. Oh, and we know at least one more Spider-Man flick is on the way.
In short, just because the Infinity Saga is over, that doesn’t mean that Marvel is done cranking out adventures. If Black Widow is any indication, they’re just getting started.