Earlier than we get to the new characters, what’s instantly obvious from the trailer is how distinct it seems from Black Widow’s prior MCU appearances. Sure, there are specific shot selections acquainted to the espionage style, and aesthetic selections that situate it within the MCU. However from shot composition to cinematography, these transient glimpses depict a movie noticeably totally different in model for administrators Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and The Russo Bros., every of whom have helped form Black Widow within the MCU since her debut in Iron Man 2 (2010). Black Widow seems like a Cate Shortland movie. Which will appear to be a easy or factor to notice, however Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has touted that Section four of the MCU shall be totally different from what’s come earlier than when it comes to directorial imaginative and prescient. And looking out on the firm of recent MCU administrators Shortland finds herself in, Chloe Zhao and Destin Daniel Cretton, it stands to purpose the MCU could also be transferring away from the house-style related to plenty of its movies, and land on one thing a bit of extra distinct from movie to movie.
A key part of the movie seems to be Natasha’s relationship together with her “sister,” fellow product of the Pink Room, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). Within the comics, Yelena started as a villain, Russia’s new Black Widow after Natasha had defected to the U.S. and joined the Avengers. The connection between the 2 was largely combative and bloody, although they’ve develop into allies in recent times, notably within the present miniseries Net of the Black Widow by Jody Houser and artist Stephen Mooney. Within the movie nevertheless, evidently the 2 have a playful rivalry and friendship from the get-go. Eagle-eyed viewers have already famous that in the course of the dinner desk scene within the trailer, Yelena is sporting the jacket Natasha wears in Avengers: Infinity Struggle (2018), suggesting a bond between the 2 that received’t be damaged by the movie’s finish. Hopefully Natasha doesn’t find yourself sporting it in reminiscence of a fallen comrade, as a result of the presence of Florence Pugh within the MCU is just too promising to be a one and executed deal.
Whereas we don’t know but how the movie will incorporate flashbacks, Natasha and Yelena’s mission forces them “to return to the place it began.” Seemingly, which means the Pink Room. After this line, we see Black Widow bounce from a helicopter in a white go well with. Natasha wore a go well with precisely like this within the pages of Black Widow: Lethal Origin (2009) by Paul Cornell and artists Tom Raney and John Paul Leon. We additionally get a glimpse of a dozen or so Black Widows coaching, both in a flashback or the movie’s current. If Natasha is infiltrating the Pink Room, or the headquarters of these in command of creating the Black Widow program, then the query is: what’s she on the lookout for? We all know the central menace of the movie revolves round her previous, and the mysterious Taskmaster, who we see flex their compound bow abilities, however the stakes of the movie aren’t completely clear but. However it could have one thing to do with Russia’s personal Avengers.
The final 30 seconds of the trailer introduces us to Alexei Shostakov aka the Pink Guardian (David Harbour), Russia’s very personal super-soldier. Within the comics, this iteration of Pink Guardian was Natasha’s ex-husband. Within the movie, based mostly on the jab at his look, it appears he would be the ex of Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz). Within the comics Melina goes by Iron Maiden and she or he’s an murderer and eventual member of the supervillain crew, the Thunderbolts. Right here, she’s a fellow Black Widow and seeming ally, however we wouldn’t be shocked if she makes a villainous flip. Melina was described as being concerned in a scientific experiment within the character description that circulated the net earlier this 12 months. Is it attainable that she’s made some harmful enhancements on the Black Widow program? Or, if we’re going by latest Black Widow developments within the comics following the character’s dying in Nick Spencer’s Secret Empire (2017), is it attainable that Melina is cloning Black Widows?
For months, followers have been speculating that Florence Pugh would develop into the brand new Black Widow within the MCU and that Scarlett Johansson would retire from the position. That first half could also be true, however Johansson could discover herself taking part in a brand new, and deadlier widow with much more purple in her ledger, as a clone. A Pink Widow maybe? There’s sure to be plenty of twists in retailer, and the movie, which Black Widow followers, have waited a decade for, seems to stay as much as the potential of the character, her world, and her secrets and techniques. We’ll discover out which of them shall be revealed, and which of them shall be saved for additional down the highway in Section four when Black Widow lands in theaters Could, 2020.