If you thought you’d seen the last of Scarlett Johansson in the MCU (especially since she died in Avengers: Infinity War), you were wrong. The award-winning actress is back to reprise her role as Natasha/Black Widow in Marvel Studios’ latest action-packed spy thriller, Black Widow, the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I’m done running from my past,” Natasha narrates in the trailer.
Fans have been asking for an origin story for the longest time. Debuting in debut in Iron Man 2, the character has been an integral part of The Avengers since the beginning. Now she finally gets a chance to shine in her own standalone blockbuster, away from all the other superheroes, mutants and gods.
“I feel like I’m in control of the destiny of this film, which gives me a lot more peace of mind,” Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter. “I know her better than anybody. What was her childhood like? What is her relationship to figures of authority? This character is gritty and multi-dimensional but has a lot of trauma and has led an unexamined life. In order to operate at this elite level, she has probably had to push away a lot of stuff.”
Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, the film also stars Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.