It will nearly be a year since Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” was supposed to hit theaters. However, the studio was forced to postpone its release due to last year’s global lockdown. And now that things are improving, we can look forward to theaters opening up their doors so that audiences can see their favorite blockbuster tentpoles get the big screen treatment that it deserves. And to commemorate that, Disney has released a brand-new trailer for the forthcoming “Black Widow” which now hits theaters in July.
Scarlett Johansson returns to reprise the role to the character that was first introduced in “Iron Man 2,” back in 2010. Since then, we haven’t explored much of the character’s origins other than in passing conversations between various characters or just some banter between fellow Avengers. But “Black Widow” is a chance to see the character one more time while also exploring some of the family drama.
And that seems to be the crux of the film, as Natasha is reunited with the family that she left behind. However, it’s not the traditional family we are accustomed to seeing as the trailer reveals Natasha doesn’t have a real family, but an adoptive sister named Yelena Belova (Florance Pugh), and two assassins, Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) acting as her parents.
Based on the trailer, Natasha is bitter about how her “parents” treated her, and the fact that they trained her to be an assassin. And yet, that seems to change when a dire situation forces them to work together to face off against a copycat enemy known as Taskmaster, a villain who can mimic the moves and abilities of heroes like Hawkeye, Spider-Man, and Captain America.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Black Widow:”
Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.
Directed by Cate Shorthand, using a script written by Eric Peterson, based on a story by Jac Shaffer, “Black Widow” also stars O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, and Ray Winstone.
Marvel Studios will release “Black Widow” in theaters and on Disney+’s Premiere Access on July 9, 2021.