Cate Shortland’s Black Widow movie remains a mystery. It’s one of Marvel’s only prequels (technically, Captain America: The First Avenger and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel count as prequels to the main MCU timeline), and it’s focusing its storyline on a character we all watched die in Avengers: Endgame. But because the movie is able to throw caution to the wind and drop Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) in the middle of a family drama, the lead actress is priming fans by telling them how “genius” Kevin Feige’s approach to this movie is.

Up until this point, Natasha (Johansson) has been a loner with a mysterious past. We saw hints of her Widow training – revealed with Scarlet Witch got into her head in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But the idea that Nat had a family? No, we wouldn’t have predicted that a Black Widow movie would open up that door into the super spy’s closet.

What does make sense is that Black Widow gets to be the MCU’s answer to a James Bond thriller, with international espionage and a superpowered villain in Taskmaster who can mirror the abilities of any subject that he studies. And from the looks of the latest full trailer, he has studied the fighting styles of Captain America, Hawkeye and Widow, herself.

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