New posters for Black Widow tease Natasha Romanoff’s mysterious past. Scarlett Johansson has spent the last decade playing Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’s turned the super-spy into a fan-favorite character, but Marvel Studios waited until after Natasha’s death in Avengers: Endgame to give her a solo movie. Fans pushed for a Black Widow film ever since she debuted in Iron Man 2, and wait for it only became longer due to COVID-19 delays.
Scarlett Johansson has been in seven MCU movies already, but Black Widow is the first time that Natasha is the central character. The movie is a prequel set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. It will explore what happened to Natasha after she broke the Sokovia Accords and before she joined Captain America’s Secret Avengers squad. This will bring new characters like Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour), and Taskmaster to the MCU, which could allow Black Widow to set up multiple aspects of the MCU’s future despite its prequel setting. However, the core of the movie will be exploring Natasha’s past like never before.
Multiple posters for Black Widow are now online as part of Marvel Studios’ latest marketing push for the first movie of Phase 4. Collider released an exclusive look at a poster for ScreenX that teases the classified nature of Natasha’s past. Dolby Cinemas shared a new poster that highlights the film’s cast around Johansson and the presence of multiple Black Widows. Finally, RealD 3D debuted a poster that puts Natasha and Yelena on opposite sides of the Black Widow logo.
Learning more about Natasha’s past is one of the main appeals of Black Widow for MCU fans. The movies have teased plenty of events in her past, but Marvel Studios rarely took time to actually explore them. The trailers have teased that this will include flashbacks to Natasha when she is a kid and training in the Red Room. Her relationships with Yelena, Red Guardian, and Melina (Rachel Weisz) and how the Red Room factors into the story should also be avenues for Natasha’s backstory to be explored. Ironically, the secrets of Black Widow’s past were previously made public by her during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
As Black Widow’s release date grows closer, Marvel fans should see plenty of other marketing materials to hype up the theatrical and Disney+ launch. It will be more than two years since the last MCU movie’s release by the time Black Widow arrives on July 9. Although some previously questioned how important the movie is to the grand scheme of the universe, it could now benefit from the extensive wait to see a new MCU movie on the big screen. Now we just have to hope that Black Widow was worth the wait.
Sources: Collider, Dolby Cinema, RealD 3D
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