Marvel fans have been teased by the prospect of a Black Widow movie for years, and then when it was finally about to happen…well, COVID-19. The film has been delayed for more than a year, but is finally being released this summer, not just in theaters but through the comforts of Disney+, making this the first Marvel Studios feature you can watch at home.
Given that this is basically a farewell to Scarlett Johansson’s character after the events of Avengers: Endgame, it’s good that Disney has made access as wide as possible. This is the story that will find Natasha Romanoff trying to make amends for all of the “red in her ledger”, sins of the past that need fixing. And to do it that means delving into her history as part of Russia’s “Red Room”, and the relationship she holds with her family, which includes Florence Pugh as Yelena (due to become the new Black Widow, most likely), David Harbour as the Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
Also in the cast are O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason aka The Agent, Ray Winstone as Dreykov, and William Hurt reprising his role as General “Thunderbolt” Ross. Expect the film to tie-in closely with the Hawkeye series, as well.
Black Widow arrives in theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on July 9th.
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/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.