Marvel Goes Into Full Bourne Mode In The New Black Widow Trailer
It's been almost a full decade since Kevin Feige first discussed the possibility of a standalone Black Widow film. Since then, more than 20 Marvel films have hit our screens and not one of them has been Scarlett Johansson's solo outing. Avengers: Endgame even killed her off. It's a film that's been teased for so long that it gives Avatar 2 a run for its money in the race to scoop the most overdue film of the decade award. We almost gave up on waiting and then, like an early Christmas miracle, Black Widow was resurrected by good ol' movie magic and the trailer landed on the internet this morning. Joy to the world, Black Widow has come!
The film picks up after Captain America: Civil War, as Black Widow takes a trip to Budapest, a place that has been referred to in some of the other films further along the chronological timeline. In the trailer, we meet her "family", Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) and Red Guardian (David Harbour), but we also meet Marvel's new mood, a broody, Jason Bourne-like swerve from previous more fantasy-led iterations of the franchise.
As you'd expect, it looks as though we're going to learn more about Black Widow's past as a Red Room-trained spy and, as such, the tone appears to be grittier and falls on classic, assassin-thriller tropes to pique our interest. Red Room flashbacks, car chases through winding European streets, fake passports sprawled on table tops and tightly choreographed action sequences in locations that don't look too dissimilar to Killing Eve's Villanelle's flat all signal that Black Widow will take more cues from your favourite spy films than it does your average superhero movie. As the first film from Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, could this point to a larger MCU-wide shift in tone? Only time will tell, but for now, let's give thanks to Kevin Feige and celebrate Black Widow's long-awaited coming. Sorry, Santa, you've been upstaged.