After almost a decade of waiting since her introduction, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is finally getting that long-awaited solo film. Discussions on Marvel Studios’ Black Widow first started all the way back in 2010 following the release of Iron Man 2, in which the character made her debut, and along the way Natasha Romanoff served as the most consistently central female character of the MCU universe, right up until the cataclysmic events of Avengers: Endgame. Given how that story turned out, fans assumed that a Black Widow film would probably have to be a prequel of some kind, and they’re not exactly wrong: The events of the film are set during the turbulent fallout after Captain America: Civil War.
With that knowledge that this version of Black Widow is currently a wanted woman, perhaps that’s why she feels driven to finally confront some of the ghosts of her past. The story of Black Widow seems to see Romanoff reuniting with her so-called “family,” including “sister” Yelena Belova, (Florence Pugh) another trained assassin, along with father figure Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz). More news that is sure to get the MCU geeks salivating? The film also reportedly contains cameo appearances by William Hurt and Robert Downey Jr., reprising their major characters (“Thunderbolt” Ross and Tony Stark, respectively).
As far as the content of the actual trailer itself, it swings rather wildly between neo-noir spycraft, humor and over-the-top superhero action sequences. David Harbour in particularly seems to be having a blast, perhaps happy to put the poorly reviewed and troublesome Hellboy adaptation behind him. Midsommar star Florence Pugh also seems to be giving it her all, nailing the thick Russian accent that nobody else seems to be really be attempting.
Marvel calls the two minutes of footage a “teaser,” but come on—we know a trailer when we see one, right? Black Widow is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 1, 2020, and will be the second MCU “solo” feature, after Captain Marvel, to revolve around a female protagonist. If you’re counting, by the way, this leaves Hawkeye as the sole original member of The Avengers who has never had a solo film. Hang in there, bow guy.