Disney and Marvel Studios have released the first trailer for Black Widow, the prequel film following Scarlett Johansson‘s Natasha Romanoff before her ultimate sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) is set to direct from a script by Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) and Jac Schaefer (The Hustle).
In a recent interview, Johansson opened up about how Black Widow will ultimately be about “self-forgiveness” and “family”:
“I don’t have a total perspective on it yet. It’s a film about self-forgiveness. It’s a film about family. I think, in life, we come of age many times in your life and you have these moments where you’re kind of in a transitional phase and then you move sort of beyond it. I think in the Black Widow standalone film the character is […] at a moment of real crisis and throughout the film by facing herself in a lot of ways and all the things that make her her, she actually kind of comes through that crisis on the other side and is able to sort of re-set into a space where she’s a more grounded, self-possessed person. So, that’s her journey.”
Joining Johansson in the cast is Florence Pugh (Midsommar), David Harbour (Hellboy), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale). Plot details are still pretty tightly under wraps, but Marvel did confirm Pugh would be playing Yelena Belova, a character who eventually adopts the Black Widow title in the comics, and Harbour is playing Alexei aka The Red Guardian. Meanwhile, we learned at Comic-Con 2019 that Weisz is playing yet another Black Widow, albeit one who has been through the training and active duty cycle quite a few times.
This. Trailer. Does. Not. Disappoint. And honestly? It kinda felt like it had a high bar to clear there after so much time passing even between Comic-Con and now, in early December. But our first real look at Black Widow teases a movie that has traces of The Bourne Identity while retaining some Marvel-fied humor (looks like Red Guardian might be our comedic relief?). Not gonna lie, it’s good to see Johansson back in the saddle and leading her own movie; it’s been a long time in the making. Watching her, as Natasha, take one last ride in this world for a story that is so focused on her life that we’ll get to say goodbye to her properly feels just and good. As a final note, it seems like both the directing and the score are going to be two standout elements in this film that we’ll be talking about more in-depth when the movie actually comes out. What’s being shown here in the first trailer hints at a very strong, capable vision that looks and sounds unlike anything we’ve seen elsewhere in the MCU.