|For other uses, see Black Widow (disambiguation)|
Black Widow is an upcoming superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superheroine of the same name. The film is a sequel to Captain America: Civil War and a prequel to Avengers: Infinity War. It is the twenty-fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the fourth installment and the first film of Phase Four. The film is set to be released on July 9, 2021, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
The film is directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason, William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross, with Ray Winstone as Dreykov, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.
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 as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova
- Violet McGraw as Young Yelena Belova
- David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian
- O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason
- William Hurt as Secretary Thaddeus Ross
- Ray Winstone as General Dreykov
- Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
- Olga Kurylenko as a to-be-confirmed character
- To-be-confirmed actor as Taskmaster
- To-be-confirmed actor as Ursa Major
- To-be-confirmed actor as Crimson Dynamo
- To-be-confirmed actor as Sputnik
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Budapest, Hungary
- Albany, New York
- New York City, New York (footage)
- Hammer Industries Headquarters (footage)
- Budapest Operation
- Infiltration into Hammer Industries Headquarters (footage)
- Cold War (mentioned)
- Black Widow's Batons
- Black Widow's Bite
- Red Guardian's Shield
- Taskmaster's Bow
- Taskmaster's Shield
- Taskmaster's Sword
- Taskmaster Suit
- Motorcycle: To be added
- APC: To be added
- Jeep: To be added
- Helicopter: To be added
On February 12, 2014, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed in an interview with Total Film that some developmental groundwork had been done on a potential film featuring Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, saying: "We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March. [Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."
In August 2014, Nicole Perlman announced that she had written a "pretty in-depth" treatment for the film in 2010/2011, while British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in an interview that he wanted to direct the film.
In an interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige had discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.
On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that Marvel Studios had discussed creating a Black Widow film.
On April 26, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios was searching for a director for the film and had been meeting with filmmakers such as Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Chloé Zhao, Amma Asante, Maggie Betts, and Angela Robinson.
On May 2, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios were still searching for a director for the film and had met with more than 65 directors.
On November 30, 2018, it was reported that filming would start in 2019 for a potential release in 2020.
On April 3, 2019, David Harbour and Pugh were cast in the film, while Rachel Weisz entered negotiations to star. The same day, it was reported that filming would begin on June 3, 2019, and would last until September. A week later, O-T Fagbenle was cast in an undisclosed leading role.
In May 2019, it was revealed that Johansson would serve as a producer on the film.
On May 28, 2019, it was reported that filming had begun in Norway.
On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the cast was revealed and Kevin Feige announced that the film was scheduled to hit theaters on May 1, 2020.
On October 7, 2019, it was reported that filming had wrapped and post-production had begun.
On March 31, 2020, it was reported that Lorne Balfe had replaced Alexandre Desplat as the film's composer. However, this information was not confirmed by Marvel, with Desplat still credited as the composer in the newest poster. Desplat later confirmed that he was no longer involved with the film, revealing that Marvel Studios had "detached" him from the project and that he had been replaced by Balfe late into post-production.
On September 15, 2020, Variety reported that the film's release date would likely be delayed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 20, 2020, in an interview with GamesRadar+, Florence Pugh admitted to hoping that fans would like her character. Moreover, she hinted that her role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may depend on the fan reception of her character.
On September 23, 2020, it was announced that the film had been pushed back from its November 6, 2020 release date to May 7, 2021, more than a year after its initial release date.
On January 10, 2021, Kevin Feige said that he expected that the film would make its May 2021 release date.
On March 23, 2021, it was announced that the film had been pushed back from its May 7, 2021 release date to July 9, 2021 and that it would be released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
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