The first Marvel title to hit theaters after the covid-19 pandemic is Black Widow, a story centered on the character of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) on a mission that takes place in Budapest, Hungary.
The film – which opens the so-called Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU, for its acronym in English) Black Widow movie was due to premiere on May 1, 2020, but its release was delayed three times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Black Widow is the first Marvel film to be directed by a solo woman, Cate Shortland. Captain Marvel (2019) was co-directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. The premiere of the new Marvel movie is Friday, July 9, 2021 and here we gather the essential information about the movie; of course, without spoilers.
The film focuses on the character of Natasha Romanoff (Johansson), who travels to Budapest, Hungary, where she reconnects with her former “family” in the former Soviet Union, other spies she worked with before joining S.H.I.E.L.D. We are talking about Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) and Alexei Shostakov (David Harbor).
The trailers suggest that Natasha will face Dreykov (Ray Winstone), who leads the organization that trains young women as assassins, an organization to which the Black Widow herself belonged.
Marvel created a video to explain the history of the Black Widow character, who appeared in seven previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before starring in her own film in Black Widow (2021).
When does the movie happen?
Many will wonder how, if Natasha’s character passed away in Avengers: Endgame (2019), it is possible that she stars in this new Marvel movie. The answer is that it is a prequel, since the story of it takes place in the period between the films Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). So we will see a fugitive Natasha Romanoff, hunted for joining Captain America in his confrontation with Iron Man.
Most likely, Black Widow will serve to bring closure to the character of Natasha Romanoff and, at the same time, pass the baton, as the new Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to the character of Yelena Belova (Pugh). Thus, we can have a new version of Black Widow in future Marvel movies.
Australian Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome) directs this film. An early version of the script was written by Jac Shaeffer, who was also commissioned by Marvel to write the hit Disney Plus series WandaVision. The director and screenwriter Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleonor Rigby) would have written a second version of the Black Widow script.
That post Civil War setting and pre-Avengers: Infinity War had already been rumored before even seeing the trailer. Another detail that solidifies that timeline is Scarlett Johansson’s hair. Let’s remember that her Natasha Romanoff had been a redhead in all the Marvel movies until her appearance in Infinity War.