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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 and the first film of Phase Four. It will be released in the United States on May 1, 2020.[6]

The film is directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.


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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."[13]

However, on March 17, 2014, Kevin Feige recanted his statements in an interview with, citing that since Black Widow has been involved in three movies already and that another character, Ms. Marvel, might be more interesting.[14]

In August 2014, Nicole Perlman announced that she had written a "pretty in-depth" treatment for the film in 2010/2011,[15] while British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in an interview that he wanted to direct the film.[16]

While at the Fan Expo on August 31, 2014, Stan Lee revealed that the film may be moving forward.[17]

In an interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige have discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.[18]

In January 2016, actor Clark Gregg stated that Marvel should make a Black Widow film; meanwhile, Joe and Anthony Russo wanted to direct the film.[19][20][21]

On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that they have confirmed a discussion about creating a Black Widow film.[22]

On July 23, 2016, Feige stated that they were committing to do the film and that The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was open on directing the film.[23][24]

In February 2017, Johansson told Total Film Magazine while talking about her film Ghost in the Shell that "timing" is key to making Black Widow a reality.[25]

In October 2017, Taika Waititi told i09 that he would like to direct the film as a comedy.[26]

On January 10, 2018, it was announced that the film was in early development, with Jac Schaeffer being hired to write the script.[2]

In February 2018, Chris Evans stated that the film was confirmed in an interview.[27]

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.[28][29]

On May 2, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios was still searching for a director for the film and had been meeting with more than 65 directors.[30]

On June 20, 2018, it was reported that Cate Shortland, Amma Asante, and Maggie Betts were being eyed by Marvel Studios to direct the film.[31]

On July 12, 2018, it was revealed that Cate Shortland was chosen to direct the film.[1]

On November 30, 2018, it was reported that filming would start in 2019 for a potential release in 2020.[32]

On February 6, 2019, Production Weekly listed that filming was expected to begin in June 2019 in the United Kingdom and that it was expected to wrap in September.[33]

On February 15, 2019, Collider reported that Ned Benson was hired to rewrite the script.[3]

On March 18, 2019, Variety reported that Florence Pugh entered negotiations to star in the film.[34]

On April 3, 2019, David Harbour and Pugh were cast in the film,[35] while Rachel Weisz entered negotiations to star.[36] The same day, it was reported that filming would begin on June 3, 2019, and would last until September.[37] A week later, O-T Fagbenle was cast in an undisclosed leading role.[38]

In May 2019, it was revealed that Johansson would serve as a producer for the film.[39]

Filming began on May 28, 2019, in Norway.[40]

In June 2019, it was announced that Ray Winstone had joined the film.[9]

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.[41]

On October 2, 2019, it was reported that William Hurt would reprise his role as Thaddeus Ross in the film.[7]

On October 7, 2019, it was reported that filming had wrapped and post-production had begun.[42]


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  4. Robert Downey Jr.’s Avengers: Endgame Salary Has Been Revealed
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  14. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dismisses solo female comic book films
  15. Nicole Perlman on Twitter - August 4, 2014
  16. Game of Thrones Big-Battle Director Neil Marshall Either Wants to Direct a Black Widow Movie or Unleash Those Dragons
  18. BLACK WIDOW Movie: Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Feige Have Discussed a Series of Films
  19. Clark Gregg says it'd be "tragic" if Marvel doesn't make a Black Widow movie
  20. The Russo Brothers Would Be Interested In Doing A Black Widow Solo Movie
  21. Russo Brothers talk about Captain America Civil war in China (2015)
  22. Kevin Feige On ‘Captain America: Civil War’ And All Things Marvel – Deadline Q&A
  23. Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios is ‘Committing’ to a Black Widow Solo Movie
  25. The Black Widow movie "should be done" says Scarlett Johansson
  26. Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Wants to Make a Marvel Comedy With a Surprising Avenger
  27. Chris Evans Loves 'Black Panther'
  28. 'Jessica Jones' Director in Talks to Helm 'Star Trek 4'
  29. Justin Kroll on Twitter - April 26, 2018
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  31. Marvel Eyes Female Helmers For ‘Black Widow’ Film: Watch For Cate Shortland
  32. Spider-Women, Captain Marvel & Harley Quinn: Females Fly In The Face Of Old Hollywood Perceptions
  33. Marvel’s Black Widow Movie Production Reportedly Pushed Back To June
  34. Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh
  35. 'Stranger Things' Star David Harbour Joins Scarlett Johansson in Marvel's 'Black Widow' (Exclusive)
  36. ‘Black Widow’: Rachel Weisz Circling Key Role in Marvel’s Standalone Film (EXCLUSIVE)
  37. UPDATE: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Production Designer Charles Wood Joins ‘Black Widow’
  38. Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Snares ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Actor O-T Fagbenle
  39. Robert Downey Jr.’s Avengers: Endgame Salary Has Been Revealed
  40. Marvel’s Black Widow is Currently Filming in Norway
  41. SDCC 2019: All of the Marvel Studios News Coming Out of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con
  42. Marvel Studios Wraps Filming on ‘Black Widow’

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