Marvel's Black Widow Looks to Tackle Serious Topics

Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow

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Black Widow is being directed by Cate Shortland (Lore) and sees Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff alongside Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family) as Yelena Belova, O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale) as Mason, David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina Vostokoff/Iron Maiden, and Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Olivier Richters (The King's Man) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.

Johansson spoke to Total Film magazine about her new Marvel Cinematic Universe flick but she also looked back at Endgame and offered her thoughts on why Nat made the decision to sacrifice herself in the film (via Comic Book Movie). In the MCU timeline, Black Widow is set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. She's so different to Natasha... You'll see these women strive and be strong, and they're assassins - and yet they still need to discuss how they were abused. She is expected to the next superhero once Johansson passes on the baton. Even though she has become independent after her spy days and makes her own choices now, she has to deal with the aftermath of her past. She's unapologetic, and confident in herself, and curious, and fearless, and emotionally courageous - far more than I ever was. "It's actually what you feel - it's not a narrative thing".

Florence Pugh in Black Widow
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It sounds like Black Widow will be a grounded and gritty affair with our hero caught in some pretty tough situations. But she also hoped that audiences will connect with her character. "I would be silly to not be excited by it". I think that being part of the Marvel club is a great honour. And we just put her in a lot of hard situations.

Black Widow is set to release October 29, 2020. However, it may be delayed again in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding the future of Black Widow and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood's YouTube channel for more original video content. We knew she would be great, but we didn't know how great.

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