Thor. Iron Man. Captain America. Hulk. Spider-Man . They all had their origin stories played on the big screen. Now it is Black Widow's turn. The stand-alone Black Widow film starts with phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and shows Natasha Romanoff of Scarlett Johansson lost and demolished ̵
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In the new Super Bowl Black Widow TV spot – broadcast on February 2 – fans get a glimpse of Black Widow and the family she was a part of before she ever crossed paths with the Avengers.
The first trailer of for Black Widow – which debuted on December 3, 2019 – contained images that had previously been shown to fans at D23 and Comic-Con. Romanoff is approaching the door of an apartment building with her gun pulled and she is also standing face to face with another woman with her gun pulled. It is Florence Pugh as the character Yelena Belova, who is Romanoff & # 39; sis & # 39; calls.
The new trailer also gives fans a peek into David Harbor as the paternal character Alexei Shostakov, also known as the Red Guardian; as well as Rachel Weisz as the character Melina. This could mean that fans will not only see Romanoff reconnecting with her assassin "family", but that she will also fight alongside them.
On December 7, Marvel also debuted a new Black Widow poster and showed new images of Comic Con from Brazil who revealed Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian and Melina were married .  Everything we know about the Black Widow movie
The movie is set in Budapest. Fans heard Romanoff for the first time about Budapest during the first Avengers movie in 2012 when she talked to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) about a mysterious adventure in the Hungarian city.
"It is a film about self-forgiveness … and family," Johansson said in an interview with Vanity Fair on November 26. "In the Black Widow movie, when we find her, the character is in a moment of real Throughout the entire movie, facing herself in many ways – and all the things that make her – she actually comes through that crisis the other side and can reset them to a space where she is a more grounded self-possessed person. That is her journey. "
Johansson also confirmed that the film had been shot in mid-November.
There could even be a cameo from Avengers member Tony Stark / Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.), according to Deadline. However, Marvel still has to officially announce that Downey Jr. is in the film, and neither Marvel nor Disney responded immediately to a request for comment on the mention of the casting.
On October 1, 2019, actor William Hurt was photographed on the Black Widow film set that elicited a fan theory that he will play his role as General "Thunderbolt" Ross in the Marvel universe during a possible end resume credits scene. General Ross appeared in Infinity War as an opponent of Captain America and Black Widow. General Ross also had a cameo in Endgame during the funeral.
When does it take place?
The film is set shortly after Captain America: Civil War but before Infinity War and Endgame, making it a prequel to the more recent Avengers films. That makes sense, considering what happened to Romanoff during Endgame.
In the Black Widow movie, fans will see what happened after Romanoff went into exile after allowing Captain America and Bucky Barnes to escape in Civil War.
Which images were shown on Comic-Con and D23?
Comic-Con 2019 attendees saw some images of an epic fighting scene between Scarlett Johansson and fellow cast member Florence Pugh as the character Yelena Belova. The two were described as sisters.
The SDCC images contain images from Romanoff's past from Marvel films such as Iron Man 2, Age of Ultron, Civil War and Endgame.
Then the video shifts to a shot of Budapest, where Romanoff approaches the door of an apartment building with her gun pulled. Romanoff searches every room until she hears a woman with a Russian accent say, "I know you are there." It is Belova and her gun is also drawn.
The two have a knock-down, drag-out fight in different rooms of the apartment. The movements of Belova correspond to those of Romanoff, which may mean that they were trained by the same person. The fight ends with the characters choking each other on the floor with a shower curtain.
The SDCC imagery also contains a motorcycle chase and Romanoff and Belova share a drink with Romanoff her & # 39; sister & # 39; calls. It also shows that Romanoff says "I have very specific skills" and wants to wipe the red from her ledger.
Interestingly, there are a few photos of other women dressed in costumes such as those of Black Widow, which means that other female Russian agents can replace her at any time.
The D23 images shown on August 24 extend something to what was seen on SDCC and also show off a new white outfit for Black Widow. The fight scene between ScarJo and Pugh culminates in the disclosure that Pugh is Black Widow's sister, Yelena, and the fight was only her welcoming Natasha at home.
Who is the main villain, Taskmaster?
Other SDCC images show Romanoff's car blown up by the villain Taskmaster. They fight and Romanoff notices that he can mirror all her fighting movements – just like Belova in the previous fight. Could Belova be a Taskmaster in secret, or is there more to this mysterious villain?
The supervillain first appeared in the comic book series The Avengers in 1980. His super powers include the ability to mimic the physical movements of his opponent simply by seeing them.
Taskmaster wears a hood over his head and uses a protective shield. Taskmaster also taught criminals how to improve their fighting skills in the comics.
Andy Park, director of visual development at Marvel Studios, posted the first concept art for the film on Instagram on July 22, which shows how Black Widow fights Taskmaster.
Who is the Red Guardian?
Stranger Things and Hellboy Star David Harbor was cast as Alexei Shostakov, also known as the Red Guardian.
The Red Guardian first appeared in the comics in The Avengers No. 43. The comics have Shostakov as an old KGB agent, but it is still unclear whether his character will be an enemy or ally of Romanoff.
Who makes the film?
Cate Shortland directs, as a result of which she hired the first female director Marvel to send a feature film with live action on his own. Shortland is best known for her women-led films Lore and Berlin Syndrome.
The script was written by female screenwriter and producer Jac Schaeffer, best known for her other women's-led superhero film Captain Marvel. Black Widow is the first Marvel film that was exclusively written and directed by women .
What is the release date?
Black Widow takes place at theaters worldwide on 1 May 2020.
Who is in the cast?
No official word yet when Jeremy Renner will repeat his role as Hawkeye in the Black Widow film.
This article was originally published on July 25, 2019 and will be updated as the news arrives.