Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Black Widow movie since its first appearance in the MCU. Scarlett Johansson has lived up to expectations as the most famous Russian spy in the world. As it enters Disney +, it’s time to take a look at all of the information so far.
The Black Widow movie has been overdue for several years, and Disney + has been emulated by announcing its upcoming arrival on its platform. Since her first appearance in 2010 in Iron Man 2, also one of the first films to launch the MCU, fans have been asking for the Russian spy to get her standalone.
Unfortunately, although initial information has come out, the wait continues. Indeed, COVID-19 pandemic has turned Disney’s release schedule upside down, which continues to postpone the official release of the film. To help you be patient, we therefore offer you a summary of everything we know about the latter at the moment.
📅 What is the Black Widow release date?
Black Widow is slated for release July 9, 2021 on Disney +. The film was originally slated for release in May this year, but, like many other productions, airing has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on multiple occasions. Marvel films are not the only ones affected. Death on the Nile or West Side Story have also seen their release date delayed.
To make matters worse, it is not yet known whether this date announced by Disney applies to France. Indeed, the films generally released on Wednesdays, Black Widow should logically be unveiled to the public. July 7. However, the producers have yet to reveal any information on the subject, for a very simple reason: the release of the film will depend on the reopening (or not) of the theaters.
📺 Where can we watch Black Widow?
That’s the big question. The film was scheduled to hit theaters, but the situation being what it is, it turns out to be risky to bet on it. Theaters may reopen by July, but it’s impossible to be sure at this time. In the United States, the question does not arise: Black Widow will be a Disney + exclusive. The latter will be available for 3 months via the Premier Access program, which costs $ 30 and provides access to additional content.
Problem: this program does not yet exist in France. If it is still not possible to make it to the cinema by this summer, it is likely that French spectators still have to wait a few months before viewing the film. This was particularly the case for Mulan, released on September 4, 2020 on Disney, but available only the following December 4 in France.
✍🏻 What is the history of Black Widow?
Black Widow’s last appearance wasn’t the happiest. Warning, spoilers: in Avengers Endgame, she decides to sacrifice herself to defeat Thanos and thus save the world. It goes without saying that the next film takes place before these tragic events. Sorry, it looks like Natasha Romanoff didn’t survive her steep fall – at least for now.
The solo film is therefore devoted to another moment in his life, almost an origin story without really one. Natasha Romanoff has already completed her training to become Black Widow, but wants to retrace the traces of his past to thwart a conspiracy being played out against her. For this, she will be helped by her sister Yelena Belova and the rest of her family, also passed between the walls of the Red Room.
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According to the trailers, this somewhat special family seems very complicit, although its members are not biologically related to each other. We also find there the Red Guardian, the Soviet version of Captain America. Everyone will have to help Black Widow fix ” mistakes “ which she committed before joining the Avengers.
⌚ When does the film take place?
Black Widow is happening long before the events of Avengers Endgame, the MCU’s last film chronologically speaking. No Thanos on the horizon, but Nastasha Romanoff has already met her great friend Tony Stark. The movie takes place after the Avengers clash in Germany in Captain America: Civil War. Meanwhile, Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes place around 2024, following the 5-year leap orchestrated by Avengers Endgame. Black Widow should therefore go back 8 years.
The role of the film is to open phase IV of the MCU, although it takes place a good ten years before Endgame and, therefore, before the death of its main character. As a reminder, all Marvel-stamped cinematic content is grouped according to a system of phases, which therefore does not necessarily take into account the chronology of the universe. The first Iron Man and Avengers are thus part of phase 1, while WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier have completed phase 3.
❓ Who is the movie’s supervillain?
This time it’s the turn of Taskmaster to play the role of the enemy to be destroyed. In the comics, Taskmaster is able to imitate the movements of his opponents just by watching them fight. Note that in the trailers released by Disney, we see the character equipped with claws like Black Panther, a bow like Hawkeye and a shield like Captain America.
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From there to saying that her heroes will be present in Black Widow, there is only one step to take – which we will refrain from doing for safety reasons. The film appears to be a true standalone centered around its main character and, while it is not impossible to see a few of his sidekicks appear, it seems unlikely that they will not appear in any trailer. As for Taskmaster, only his mask is shown. We still don’t know anything about his intentions.
💡 Are there any other rumors surrounding the script?
In the very first Avengers, released in 2021, Black Widow and Hawkeye, longtime friends, talk about an event that took place in Budapest. This discussion takes place during Loki’s invasion of New York and his army. The Black Widow movie takes place normally after this so-called Budapest event, but it is not impossible that this one gives us some answers about what really happened in Hungary. The film seems indeed turned to the past, and could present some flashback scenes to learn more about the spy story.
On the other hand, some rumors claim that Tony Stark would also make an appearance. The latter will – be careful, new spoiler – still alive during the time the film is set. It would be a great way for Disney to keep bringing the character to life after the scene that blew fans all over the world. However, if there is an appearance, better not expect something more than a cameo. As said above, Black seems to focus primarily on his heroine.
🙋♀️Who will we find in the film?
Without surprise, Scarlett johannson takes over the role of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, after 11 years of loyal service. The character is definitely linked to the actress’s face, and she can be expected to play the heroine again in any other appearances.
Florence pugh (Midsommar, Daughters of Doctor March) plays Yelena Belova, Black Widow’s “sister”. She has also become an outstanding assassin thanks to the program of the Red Chamber, and should prove to be an ally of choice for Natasha Romanoff in her quest for answers.
David harbor (Stranger Things, Suicide Squad) signs up again for a superhero movie by donning the Red Guardian costume, or Alexei Shostakov in real life. He holds the role of father to Black Widow and seems to be the one who decides to help her in difficult times.
Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, Jason Bourne: The Legacy) plays the mother of the family, namely Melina Vostokoff / Iron Maiden. Like the rest of the family, she was trained by the Red Chamber and should therefore not be left behind when it comes to combat techniques.
Behind the camera are Cate Shortlan directing, Kevin Feige producing and Eric Pearson writing.
Further information, in particular on the conditions of diffusion in France, should not be long in arriving as the fateful date approaches. We’ll be sure to keep you posted by updating this article. And you, are you looking forward to the movie? Tell us in the comments!