The movie will be Marvel Studios’ first theatrical release since the record-setting Avengers: Endgame hit screens a whopping two years ago. Had Black Widow been released as planned in 2020. it would have kicked off Marvel’s Phase 4. But that honor now belongs to the MCU series WandaVision (here’s all you need to know about that show).
The long overdue Black Widow has been pushed back multiple times due to the uncertainty arising from public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. It currently has a release date of May 7, 2021 – one year after it was originally scheduled to release.
The continued delay is because Marvel Studios intends to do right by their first female big-screen superhero who unfortunately was relegated to only having the second female-led movie. And as the beloved deadly assassin turned hero got no special sendoff after her sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, fan enthusiasm for a bittersweet prequel remains very high.
Despite the fact that this could be the last time we see Scarlett Johannsson as Natasha Romanoff, it does not necessarily spell the end for the Black Widow.
The codename ‘Black Widow’ in the comic books has been assigned to several members of an ultra-secretive group of highly trained Russian agents. Previous Marvel movies have alluded to Romanoff’s history and this movie is expected to expand that backstory and possibly leave fans with an heir to the codename.
Since the movie is set at some point after the events of Captain America: Civil War, it remains to be seen how that all plays out. But one things is certain, fans will finally see Johansson’s Romanoff confronting her history as a spy and the broken relationships she left behind to become an Avenger.
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh (Midsommar) stars as Yelena Belova, David Harbour (Stranger Things) portrays Alexei Shostakov/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) plays Melina Vostokoff. The movie is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.