Even though ‘Black Widow’ has been filming for a while now, Disney and Marvel Studios have refused to even acknowledge that this film was being made. Now finally, at the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con, not only has ‘Black Widow’ been confirmed, it has a release date of May 1, 2020.
Cate Shortland is directing, with Scarlett Johansson returning (for the last time?). The cast has also been confirmed as including David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz… all of whom were already known to be filming. One thing that wasn’t previously known for a fact, was that Pugh was playing Yelena Belova, the newer character that assumed the name of Black Widow. In the comics, she started out trying to kill Natasha, before switching sides and aiding her. However, over the years, Yelena has bounced back and forth from the side of good to evil.
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Story details that were revealed are that Natasha will be trying to sort through her fragmented memories to try and piece together her past “to make her a whole person.” The majority of the film will be set in Budapest. It is believed that this picture is set before the first ‘Avengers’.
Shortland discussed the appeal of the film:
“I think that’s what drew me to the story, she’s got so many secrets, she’s got so much vulnerability and I think that’s what makes her such a great heroine. In this film, we get to understand her past and put the pieces of herself together and come out a whole person.”
Johansson added that this Natasha will be slightly different from what fans have already seen:
“I don’t think I could have played this iteration of Natasha 10 years ago. I get to play Natasha as a fully realized woman and in all of her many facets, I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her, what she perceives to be the flawed side of her, and I’m looking to wipe out some of that red in my ledger so you guys will be seeing more of that.”
Get ready to see Scarlett Johansson as this fully-formed Black Widow when this film opens on May 1, 2020.