Thank goodness, sense has prevailed. It’s finally official: we’re getting a Black Widow movie. Seeing as we’ve been asking for one for a while, we’re pretty excited.
But outside of the fact it’ll probably feature – oh, we don’t know – Black Widow, what other intel do we have on the super-spy’s first spin-off? Especially after THAT happened in Avengers: Endgame.
We’re glad you asked! We’ve pulled on our black bodysuit, shoved on our red wig and busted out our best ballerina moves to get all the latest news and scoops on this exciting project.
Black Widow release date: When’s it coming?
We don’t actually know any Marvel release dates after Spider-Man: Far From Home, but we’re guessing that Black Widow will be one of the first movies of Phase 4.
Filming is set to start in June, which suggests that we could see it in 2020 and there are currently two slots for Marvel movies: May 1 and November 6. Either is possible, but nothing is guaranteed yet.
Black Widow cast: Who’ll be in it?
Obviously Scarlett Johansson will be in it as Black Widow and while we wait for a full cast announcement, there has been some exciting confirmations already.
David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and O-T Fagbenle will all star in the movie, although it’s not yet clear what roles they’ll be playing. Fagbenle is set to play the lead role opposite Johansson.
Could we also see Sebastian Stan, AKA Bucky Barnes, AKA the Winter Soldier? He’s got a great idea for what the story could involve.
“They have a very nice history in my opinion,” Stan said. “It’s very intricate… the truth is, he actually taught her in the comic books. He was a teacher to her. It’s all set during a specific, interesting time, the Cold War.
“It’s all a very… spy, thrillerish, noirish story. It would be very interesting to explore that on film. I would love if they do that. You know, I hope. Maybe they will.”
There have also been rumours that Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame could be in the running to join Johansson, but we’re taking that with a mountain of salt.
Black Widow director: Who’ll take charge?
Marvel has been doing exactly what we suggested ages ago, and tapped a female director. Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome), to be precise.
Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle) wrote the script, with Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) working on a second draft.
Black Widow plot: What’s it about?
Right, it’s time to get spoilery about Avengers: Endgame, so look away now if you still haven’t seen it.
Sadly, Black Widow sacrificed herself to save Hawkeye and get the Soul Stone from Vormir during the “time heist”. So that surely means that the only route to go for her solo movie is a prequel.
Johansson has previously spoken about Black Widow having a “really rich” origin story that the movie could focus on.
“There’s a lot of places you can go – you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow programme,” she said. “You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.”
Endgame seemingly made it clear that there is no comeback for Black Widow, but perhaps the MCU will find a loophole to bring her back to life. Perhaps Captain America got her back when he returned the Soul Stone?
Or maybe the movie will take place during the five-year time jump that we saw in Endgame where Black Widow was in charge of the remaining Avengers, alongside Cap.