“I’m done running from my past.”
Marvel Studios has unleashed the first teaser trailer for Black Widow’s long-awaited solo adventure.
The film, which is set in between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, sees Scarlett Johansson reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff while Rachel Weisz, David Harbour and Florence Pugh will co-star.
In the trailer, we see Natasha meet with fellow Russian spy Yelena Belova (Pugh) – who she refers to as her “sister” – in an abandoned Budapest apartment before engaging in visceral, Winter Soldier meets Jason Bourne-esque hand-to-hand combat.
Weisz makes her debut as Melina, a seasoned spy who trained in the Red Room – the same place Natasha and Yelena learnt their skills – while Harbour makes a memorable introduction as Red Guardian, the “Russian counterpart to Captain America”.
The primary antagonist for Black Widow will be the widely popular Marvel villain Taskmaster, a master swordsman and marksman who can mimic the abilities of his opponents. We’ve had zero confirmation so far on who’s portraying him.
Earlier this year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Johansson said of the film: “I get to play Natasha as a fully realised woman and in all of her many facets. I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her, what she perceives to be the flawed side of her.
“I’m looking to wipe out some of that red in my ledger so you guys will be seeing more of that.”
Cate Shortland – who will be the first solo woman to direct a Marvel film – also teased: “I think that’s what drew me to the story, she’s got so many secrets, she’s got so much vulnerability and I think that’s what makes her such a great heroine.
“In this film we get to understand her past and put the pieces of herself together and come out a whole person.”
Black Widow has so far appeared in seven films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
The latter recently became the highest-grossing film in history and received universal acclaim.
Black Widow marks the beginning of Marvel Studio’s Phase 4 when it’s released on 1 May 2020. It will be followed by The Eternals (6 November 2020). Watch the first incredible trailer for Black Widow below.