Among all other project revealed at Comic-Con, this was the one everyone knew about. Black Widow was already shooting at several locations. Now Kevin Feige and co have made the Cate Shortland directed film officially. By the looks of it, the film will be taking place after Captain America: Civil War but it will uncover the Budapest story.
Following Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, May 1, 2020, will be the official release date for the first and final Black Widow solo movie. What everyone’s interested in is the footage that was shown at the SDCC panel. Here’s the description that we got from Comicbook.com’s Brandon Davis:
“Footage goes back to the Age of Ultron flashbacks. Cut over to scenes from Avengers, Civil War. She narrates and says she got this family because of it. She’s made mistakes. She betrayed Tony by stopping Black Panther. The Marvel Studios logo plays.
BUDAPEST. She goes in a spiral staircase, entering a room with a gun. “I know you know I’m out here,” she said. “Wanna talk like grown ups?” She comes face to face with Pugh’s character and they aim at each other as Pugh backs into a kitchen. They end up in a. fight with their hands, destroying the kitchen. Black Widow tries to hold her down and gag her with a towel but ends up getting tossed over. Cabinets are destroyed. A knife is pulled out. The score is reminscent of the Winter Soldier appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A magnificent fight follows in the living room as the women end up trying to choke one another out with a curtain. Natasha calls her “sis” and they have a drink. Cut to motorcycle chases. Gun fights. Running through streets. Jumping through windows. “I got red in my ledger. I’d like to wipe it out.” Taskmaster, complete with a logo on a shield and mask takes shots from her and blocks them. The two fight on a bridge at night after a logo plays — they move very similarly.”
Along with the footage. Marvel revealed the role of David Harbour in the film. Harbour seems to be playing Alexei Shostakov, also known as the Red Guardian. Along with him there’s Florence Pugh who’s seemingly going to play Yelena Belova as the Comic-Con footage directly hints at that. Taskmaster is going to be the main villain.
Harbour talked about director Cate Shortland earlier this year. Here’s what he told Comicbook.com:
“This woman, Cate Shortland, who is directing this movie is one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with. She’s so, so smart, and makes such beautiful indie movies. The fact that you’d put someone like that at the helm of one of these huge action movies — and she pays such attention to the story and such attention to character — speaks volumes.”
“The fact that these guys are so good at what they do, and so passionate about what they do, it feels tremendous,” he continued. “I’m very, very happy with the situation, working on it now. It’s on a scale and on a passionate level unlike anything I’ve ever done.”
The upcoming slate of Marvel Studios includes – Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If? In Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.