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Marvel's BLACK WIDOW: Everything We Know So Far UPDATE

It's our continually updating round-up of all the information we have so far about Marvel's Black Widow.

Black Widow, the twenty fourth entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is currently in production. This page is dedicated to everything we know so far. Anything that is fact will be presented in regular type, anything that's rumoured but looking likely will be written in italics. You'll find links throughout to original/external news stories and articles containing further information, where available.

You may want to bookmark this page and check back often as we'll keep updating it with all the new information for Black Widow as and when we get it, right up to when the film debuts.

Be warned there could be potential SPOILERS throughout,
although Marvel are pretty good at keeping a lid on these things.

So without further ado, let's get on with it.

Release Date
Black Widow is set to be released in the United States on May 1st 2020. It's thought international territories will see a release date the same week, with the UK release potentially being Thursday April 30th, but as of now the first country to see the film looks to be France who have a currently scheduled release date of April 22nd 2020.

Additionally, Ray Winstone and Liran Nathan have been cast in undisclosed roles.

Bodybuilder Olivier Richters (who stands at a mighty 7ft 2in) announced that he had been cast in the film.

UPDATE: Sept 15th 2019 -  Although we said goodbye to him in Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. will appear in his MCU role as Tony Stark and/or Iron Man in Black Widow.

Jac Schaeffer worked on the script throughout 2018, with Ned Benson hired for re-writes in early 2019.

Cate Shortland is helming the film, after topping Marvel's short-list of potential female directors. Shortland had the backing of Johansson, a fan of the director's previous female-starring film Lore (2012).

Principal photography began in Norway on May 28th 2019. By early June, production had moved to Pinewood Studios, England. Production is currently expected to last until September.

Positioning In The Wider MCU
Black Widow will be the twenty fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the opening chapter of Phase Four. Because of the characters demise in Avengers: Endgame, this film was always going to be set in the past. As for how long in the past, initially there were conflicting reports on that, but now it is known to be taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The confirmation came from Black Widow writer Jac Schaeffer, who in a new interview revealed,
After the Avengers’ clash at Leipzig/Halle airport, Natasha is “very much on her own and over the events of the Black Widow movie; she has to reckon with some of the red in her ledger.”
This film will fit in the gap between when Tony Stark declares that Natasha is a fugitive for helping Captain America and Bucky escape in Civi War, and when we see her again pairing up with Cap and Falcon in Infinity War.

The synopsis is unknown at this time.

The plot is unknown at this time, but Johansson described the film as,
"Exploring the Widow as a woman who has come into her own and is making independent and active choices for herself, probably for once in her life".
The character Taskmaster will feature in the film, as revealed during 2019's San Diego Comic-Con.

In the comics, the Taskmaster gained the ability to absorb knowledge instantaneously. This ability is linked to his muscle memory, allowing the Taskmaster to instantly replicate the physical movement of peak-level humans. A character who can mimic all of Black Widow's moves would surely prove to be a formidable opponent. There is speculation that Weisz' character could end up being Taskmaster and that her name is a way to throw fans off the scent.

During the 2019 SDCC Marvel Studios panel in Hall H, Kevin Feige revealed a first look at footage from the upcoming Black Widow movie. opening with a look back at Black Widow's journey so far in the MCU, with some of Natasha's most famous lines of dialogue used as voiceover, including her line about red in her ledger. A reference to her owing more than she is owed, or, in other terms, that she has many debts she owes to various people for various reasons.

The footage also included Natasha Romanoff fighting Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova in an intense battle. The scene cuts to after their fight, with Romanoff saying, "It's good to see you too, sis."

The mimicking villain Taskmaster was also glimpsed in the footage, and a shot of what seemed to be a group of Black Widows in the classic black jumpsuit. Which links in with a comment made during Comic-Con by Rachel Weisz when she revealed that her character is also a Black Widow as well as Florence Pugh's character and more.
"There are quite a number. I'm a Black Widow and there's Scarlett and Florence. There's quite a bit of other characters you'll also meet that are Black Widows."
This potentially tallys with the belief that this will be a passing of the torch film, with Johansson playing the role for the last time and a new Black Widow taking her place in The Avengers/MCU - most likely Pugh's Yelena Belova (in the comics she was the second modern-era character to use the name Black Widow. Yelena being chosen as Natasha Romanova was no longer loyal only to Russia).

That's everything we know at this stage, but as we hear of any news surrounding the upcoming Black Widow movie we will update this page, so check back soon.

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