Although the next Black Widow movie takes place several years ago in the MCU timeline, that doesn’t mean it won’t have a profound impact on Marvel movies in the future. Director Cate Shortland reveals that the film will see Natasha Romanoff by Scarlett Johansson officially passing the torch to Yelena Belova by Florence Pugh. Shortland revealed it in an interview with Empire, revealing that the film sets up a long-term story for the character of Pugh. On this basis, Yelena may well be the black widow designated by the MCU in phase 4 and beyond. “[Kevin Feige] realized that the audience would expect an original story, so, of course, we went in the opposite direction, “said Shortland. “And we didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be. We knew it would be great, but we didn’t know how much. Scarlett is so graceful, like, “Oh, I give her the stick. This will therefore propel another female scenario. “
This would seem to discredit our earlier theory that the film would see Yelena transform into the mighty super-adaptoid, as she did in the Marvel comics.While the film takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow will also focus on closing Natasha’s MCU narrative arc and closing fans after the heroic sacrifice of the character in Avengers: Endgame.
“In Endgame, fans were upset that Natasha had no funeral. When Scarlett, when I told her about it, said that Natasha wouldn’t have wanted a funeral, “said Shortland. “She’s too intimate, and people don’t really know who she is anyway.” So, what we did in this film was to allow the end to be the grief felt by individuals, rather than a great public outpouring. I think it’s an end that suits him. ”
Black Widow should already have hit theaters, but the film is one of many Hollywood projects delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The release is currently scheduled for November 6, 2020, a date previously reserved for The Eternals of Marvel. The good news is that Black Widow’s delay will not impact the larger MCU timeline.While we wait for the release of Black Widow, watch Johansson, Margot Robbie and other stars clash in quarantine and find out how Johansson’s salary compares to that of his Marvel co-stars.
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