Shrouded in doubts, more alone than ever, but also whole and adorable. This is how you see Scarlett Johansson to his character in ‘Black Widow’, the film with which the actress says goodbye to more than a decade of triumphs at Marvel. After postponing its release numerous times due to the pandemic, ‘Black Widow’ will be released on July 9 in theaters and Disney + at the same time, so it will be the first marvel movie make it to the big screen after the stoppage due to the coronavirus.
With Cate Shortland directing and Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbor escorting Johansson in the cast, this film inquire into the origin of the Black Widow and explore the traumas from a spy who emerged in the Soviet bloc and ended up fighting for the Avengers in the US. “In the beginning of this film, Natasha (Black Widow) is really alone for the first time,” said the actress this Friday in a virtual press conference. “She had always been part of something, be it the Red Room program, the SHIELD agency or later the Avengers. She had always been part of something bigger than her (…). But we had never seen her this alone. So this was a fun place to start from: it’s full of doubts and leaves a lot of doors open to enter, “he added.
Gaps to fill
Kevin Feige, the head of the Cinematic Universe of Marvel (MCU, in English), admitted that in the history of Black Widow there was too many dark spots yet to be clarified. There he cited both the childhood of the character and what happened between the films ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016) and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018), when Natasha fled after the internal struggles that almost forever separated the Avengers.
The plot of ‘Black Widow’ falls right between those two films and, according to Feige, it is the perfect occasion to pay tribute to Johansson’s legacy in the MCU. “She is an incredible actress. With each of her appearances in the MCU, we learned more about Natasha and we knew more about her, but we still wanted more. The fact that we finally have an entire movie dedicated to her is very exciting.”
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Although in this gigantic saga she has been surrounded by such iconic heroes as Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk, the Black Widow became one of the most beloved characters for ever passionate and demanding Marvel fans.
Delighted by the success of her role over the years, Johansson tried to explain the reasons that make Natasha different. “He has a lot of integrity, he has a lot of personality. And he’s not afraid to admit when he’s wrong. He’s kind of adorable in that sense,” he argued. Johansson also indicated that Black Widow “is curious” about herself but also about the rest of the characters, something that, in her opinion, distinguishes her from other superheroes. However, the actress also recently recalled, in an interview on the Collider portal, that Natasha has changed a lot in the MCU and criticized the “hypersexualization” of her role in ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010), the first film in which showed up.
A sister on the road
With one foot in the cold and raw spy movies like ‘The Bourne Identity’ (2002) and another in the humor and innocent adventures of Marvel, ‘Black Widow’ is the presentation in society of Yelena, Natasha’s sister and here played by a fabulous Florence Pugh. The young woman was happy to debut in Marvel and defined Yelena as “the wonderfully irritating little sister” of Black Widow. Pugh also said that his first scene with Johansson was the spectacular fight between Yelena and Natasha in a Budapest apartment that is seen in a trailer for the film. “It was literally my first day of shooting. I threw Scarlett against the wall, she hit my face in the sink … All I remember is thinking that there was no better way to break the ice with Scarlett than to fight her” he joked.