While fans are no doubt mainly focused on ‘Avengers: End Game‘ at this particular point in time, there is still plenty of future MCU projects to be excited about, including the ‘Black Widow’ prequel movie with Scarlett Johansson, which fans have been asking about for a very long time. Details are very scarce on the project itself, aside from the movie being an international storytelling of Natasha Romanoff’s past, potentially touching on her childhood being raised and trained by the KGB under the harshest of circumstances. The story will most likely have her go on some missions for the KGB, and maybe reveal how she first came in touch with Agents of SHIELD and switched to their side of the conflict to become the bad-ass SHIELD agent, and future Avenger, we first met when she popped up in ‘Iron Man 2‘ all those years ago.
Most recent news for the film is that actress Florence Pugh is currently in talks with Marvel to join ‘Black Widow,’ with speculation being that she will play a spy on the same level as Natasha Romanoff, but will most likely be her moral opposite, which could make her the primary antagonist of the movie (Marvel origin stories often have this kind of villain set-up). Pugh has had a lot of high-profile work recently, with an upcoming adaptation of ‘Little Women’ alongside Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep, and starring in the horror film ‘Midsommar,’ the next project from Ari Aster, who created the film ‘Hereditary.’
As for ‘Black Widow,’ it is being directed by Cate Shortland (best known for directing the Nazi Drama ‘Lore’), and the most recent draft of the screenplay was penned by Jac Schaeffer. They are hoping to start shooting this June in London, though any details on a release date for the movie are still unknown, as Kevin Feige is keeping any future MCU announcements under wraps until after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has premiered.