San Diego Comic-Con gave us quite a lot to talk about. The most revealing movie at the Marvel Studios panel was none other than Black Widow, which is currently shooting and even managed to bring footage along. We’ve been told that the movie will take place in the year 2017, i.e. after the events of Captain America: Civil War but before Natasha joins Steve and Sam for Avengers: Infinity War. While the timeline does make it a prequel to the last 2 Avengers movies, the film will still take a dive into the darker roots of Black Widow and reveal the biggest question – “What happened in Budapest?”
So, to lay down the basic plot of the movie, Natasha leaves the Avengers and goes AWOL. Then something happens, she defeats Taskmaster fully or partially and goes on to join Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson to tackle with the threats all around the globe. Initially, we thought that why exactly would Marvel want to place this film between Civil War and Infinity War. It doesn’t make sense. The only story we did want to know about was Natasha’s darker past, the red in her ledger and the events of Budapest. But now that we come to think of it, there are going to be quite a lot of benefits of placing this film in 2017.
The one benefit it will deal with is the aftermath of Civil War. We never really got to see what the consequences of having the Sokovia Accords in place were. Avengers: Infinity War didn’t have time to deal with that. Civil War made a huge deal out of the Accords and then they were cast aside like nothing. So, it’s actually good that the movie will give us something related to the ramifications of the Civil War.
Kevin Feige has teased in the past that the Black Widow movie will actually change the MCU in certain ways. He said:
“There’s a method to the madness. There’s always a method and doing things in an unexpected way is something we find fun. There are ways to do prequels that are less informative or answer questions you didn’t necessarily have, and then there are ways to do prequels where you learn all sorts of things you never knew before.”
THR reported that Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios executive VP of production says that we can expect a whole lot from Phase 4, and Black Widow “should be the best movie that we make.” She said that Marvel is aware that they need to maintain their standards after putting out the world’s biggest film, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. She said:
“If we don’t make a good movie, that’s on us. The pressure internally is far more than the media and the fans give us. We try to do things that are not the same. That are a little different. We take a risk. … We can’t do the same all the time.”
It seems that Black Widow is in great hands because we’ve heard nothing but praises about director Cate Shortland. The new entry into the MCU, David Harbour spoke very highly of the director. He said:
“This woman, Cate Shortland, who is directing this movie is one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with,” Harbour said. “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. 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.”
We should expect some great things from the Black Widow movie as it has the capability to be highly action packed, dark, intense and bright at the same time. It will make its way to the theatres on May 1, 2020.