The long-awaited Black Widow solo movie is officially happening and here is who will star alongside Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff. Ever since Johansson debuted in Iron Man 2 as the scene-stealing super-spy, fans have been wondering when (or if) she would get her own movie. Almost a decade and half a dozen appearances later, Marvel Studios is finally putting Black Widow at the center of her own film.
Black Widow took major steps forward last year when it was reported that Jac Schaeffer was writing the script and that Cate Shortland will direct. All of this was unofficial though as Marvel Studios kept their plans for Phase 4 a secret. This led to plenty of speculation over what a solo Black Widow movie could be about and also meant that there were several new characters that could soon be introduced. After multiple reports on who could be part of the ensemble, the cast has officially been announced.
Marvel Studios confirmed during their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 who will be seen in Black Widow with Johansson. They confirmed previous reports that Florence Pugh (Midsommar), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale) have joined the production, which is currently underway.
This cast announcement did not come with any surprise new additions to Black Widow, as it instead surprised by who and what it did not include. Marvel Studios did confirm that Pugh is playing Yelena Belova and Harbour is Red Guardian, with EW revealed Weisz is playing someone named Malena and Fagbenle playing a "fixer" named Mason. Additionally, the previously reported casting of Ray Winstone was not confirmed. The former is more surprising, as it is believed that he is playing Taskmaster in the movie, who Marvel did confirm is the main villain of the Johansson solo film.
With a cast in place and production underway, Marvel also confirmed that Black Widow will kick off Phase 4 and hit theaters in May 2020. The details on the project came at the end of their SDCC panel, as they also showed the first pieces of footage from the movie to attendees only. It confirmed that Black Widow takes place after Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War, and drew comparisons to Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the gritty and grounded approach it has. Unfortunately for those who were not in attendance, that footage will not be released online, so everyone will have to wait for a proper trailer (which will likely drop near the end of this year) to see what Black Widow is going to look like.
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020