“Black Widow” is Marvel Studios’ first major film to hit theaters in over a year. With just a few more days ahead of its release, we are getting yet another look at the film and how it plays a role in opening Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through a new featurette.
While the featurette doesn’t contain anything we haven’t seen already, it does tee up what we can expect from it as it sets up Phase 4, while also acting as Black Widow’s first standalone film.
“We’ve been waiting to tell this story of Natasha Romanoff for years,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said. “It was one of the great post-Infinity Saga opportunities. How to evolve into Phase 4?”
Scarlett Johansson adds Natasha was a product of all the films that lead up to her first standalone feature. And after serving as an Avenger in a supporting role in the Captain America films and the larger Avengers ensembles, Black Widow is long over due for her standalone film debut.
Johansson praises Feige for his craft of storytelling and building an interwoven cinematic universe based on Marvel Comics that is relevant and a reflection of the times that we live in today.
“You will look at the past, again, in a new light, and we are sowing the seeds of new characters in the MCU,” Feige continued. “You know a lot about the characters already so there are presumptions you bring to it, and we like to subvert those.”
But this featurette is also one big push to encourage everyone to watch “Black Widow” in a theater with the fans. “We’re excited for people to go to theaters to see and experience this movie in its place in the pantheon of the MCU,” Feige added.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Black Widow:”
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “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.
Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour, along with Ray Winstone also star.
Directed by Cate Shorthand, using a script written by Eric Pearson, “Black Widow” opens in theaters and launches on Disney+’s Premiere Access on July 9, 2021.