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"There's a new world of Widows. New enemies. I'm done running from my past."
Black Widow[src]

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. The film is set to be released on October 28, 2020 internationally and on November 6, 2020 in the United States.

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.

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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.[1]

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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."[6]

In August 2014, Nicole Perlman announced that she had written a "pretty in-depth" treatment for the film in 2010/2011,[7] while British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in an interview that he wanted to direct the film.[8]

While at Fan Expo Canada on August 31, 2014, Stan Lee revealed that the film may be moving forward.[9]

In an interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige had discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.[10]

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.[11][12][13]

On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that Marvel Studios had discussed creating a Black Widow film.[14]

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 to directing the film.[15][16]

In February 2017, Johansson told Total Film Magazine while talking about her film Ghost in the Shell that "timing" was key to making the film a reality.[17]

In October 2017, Taika Waititi told i09 that he would like to direct the film as a comedy.[18]

On January 10, 2018, it was announced that the film was in early development, with Jac Schaeffer being hired to write the script.[19]

In an interview in February 2018, Chris Evans confirmed that the film was in development.[20]

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.[21][22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

On July 12, 2018, it was revealed that Cate Shortland was chosen to direct the film.[25]

On November 30, 2018, it was reported that filming would start in 2019 for a potential release in 2020.[26]

On February 6, 2019, Production Weekly listed that filming was expected to begin in June in the United Kingdom and wrap in September.[27]

On February 15, 2019, Collider reported that Ned Benson had been hired to rewrite the script.[28]

On March 18, 2019, Variety reported that Florence Pugh had entered negotiations to star in the film.[29]

On April 3, 2019, David Harbour and Pugh were cast in the film[30], while Rachel Weisz entered negotiations to star.[31] The same day, it was reported that filming would begin on June 3, 2019, and would last until September.[32] A week later, O-T Fagbenle was cast in an undisclosed leading role.[33]

In May 2019, it was revealed that Johansson would serve as a producer on the film.[34]

On May 28, 2019, it was reported that filming had begun on in Norway.[35]

In June 2019, it was announced that Ray Winstone had joined the film.[36]

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.[37]

On October 2, 2019, it was reported that William Hurt would reprise his role as Thaddeus Ross in the film.[38]

On October 7, 2019, it was reported that filming had wrapped and post-production had begun.[39]

On February 8, 2020, it was reported that reshoots took place in Los Angeles.[40]

On March 17, 2020, it was announced that the film would no longer be released on May 1, 2020, with its release date being indefinitely postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[41]

On March 31, 2020, it was reported that Lorne Balfe had replaced Alexandre Desplat as the film's composer.[42] However, this information was not confirmed by Marvel, with Desplat still credited as the composer in the newest poster.[43] Desplat later confirmed that he was no longer involved with the film.[44]

On April 3, 2020, it was announced that the film would be released on November 6, 2020.[45][46]

However, as of September 15, 2020, several entertainment newsites like Variety are reporting that the slow reopening of theaters in important markets like Los Angeles and New York means an announcement for a different release date is likely imminent. [47]

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  7. Nicole Perlman on Twitter - August 4, 2014
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  9. FAN EXPO: MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: THE LEGENDARY STAN LEE
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  13. Russo Brothers talk about Captain America Civil war in China (2015)
  14. Kevin Feige On ‘Captain America: Civil War’ And All Things Marvel – Deadline Q&A
  15. Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios is ‘Committing’ to a Black Widow Solo Movie
  16. COMIC-CON 2016: JOSS WHEDON WOULD DIRECT A BLACK WIDOW MOVIE IF MARVEL ASKED
  17. The Black Widow movie "should be done" says Scarlett Johansson
  18. Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Wants to Make a Marvel Comedy With a Surprising Avenger
  19. Marvel’s Standalone ‘Black Widow’ Movie Gains Momentum With Jac Schaeffer Writing
  20. Chris Evans Loves 'Black Panther'
  21. 'Jessica Jones' Director in Talks to Helm 'Star Trek 4'
  22. Justin Kroll on Twitter - April 26, 2018
  23. Justin Kroll on Twitter - May 2, 2018
  24. Marvel Eyes Female Helmers For ‘Black Widow’ Film: Watch For Cate Shortland
  25. 'Black Widow' Movie Finds Director in Cate Shortland (Exclusive)
  26. Spider-Women, Captain Marvel & Harley Quinn: Females Fly In The Face Of Old Hollywood Perceptions
  27. Marvel’s Black Widow Movie Production Reportedly Pushed Back To June
  28. Exclusive: Marvel, Scarlett Johansson Tap Ned Benson to Rewrite ‘Black Widow’ Movie
  29. Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh
  30. 'Stranger Things' Star David Harbour Joins Scarlett Johansson in Marvel's 'Black Widow' (Exclusive)
  31. ‘Black Widow’: Rachel Weisz Circling Key Role in Marvel’s Standalone Film (EXCLUSIVE)
  32. UPDATE: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Production Designer Charles Wood Joins ‘Black Widow’
  33. Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Snares ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Actor O-T Fagbenle
  34. RRobert Downey Jr.'s Massive Payday Tops 'Avengers: Endgame' Star Deals
  35. Marvel’s Black Widow is Currently Filming in Norway
  36. Ray Winstone Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Ray Winstone Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  37. SDCC 2019: All of the Marvel Studios News Coming Out of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con
  38. William Hurt Photographed on 'Black Widow' Set, Fans Theorize He Could Be Filming End Credits Scene
  39. Marvel Studios Wraps Filming on ‘Black Widow’
  40. ‘Black Widow’ Reshoot Set Photos Offer New Look At Scarlett Johansson In Action
  41. ‘Black Widow’ Release Pushed Back Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  42. Lorne Balfe Scoring Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’
  43. Black Widow November 6 Poster
  44. Alexandre Desplat on Wes Anderson’s Amazing ‘French Dispatch’ and del Toro’s Musical ‘Pinocchio’
  45. Marvel Studios Twitter - April 3, 2020
  46. The Walt Disney Studios Announces Updated Release Schedule
  47. ‘Black Widow’ Eyes New Release Date, ‘Soul’ May Move to Disney Plus - Variety

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