We may have said our goodbyes to the badass assassin-turned-Avenger in Endgame, but that doesn't mean our adventures with Natasha Romanoff are over.
That's right, after sacrificing her life on Vormir so that Hawkeye could obtain the Soul Stone (if you're not an MCU fan, all of that probably sounded like utter nonsense), Black Widow's time in the Avengers came to an end. But thanks to the very concept of prequels (and the fact Scarlett Johansson hasn't aged a day in 10 years), we will finally be getting the backstory the character deserves.Check out the heart-pounding trailer for the Black Widow movie below:
Despite appearing in 11 of the 23 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, fans still know very little about Scarlett Johanson's femme fatale. Romanoff was first introduced in 2010's Iron Man 2, where she helped Nick Fury enlist the help of Tony Stark for the Avengers Initiative.
And despite growing to love Romanoff as a part of the group over the last nine years, it was very hard to really bond with the character further than just wondering what color she'd be dying her hair for the next movie.
We knew she had a dark past as a trained killer from her childhood in Russia (seemingly graduating first in her class at the School of Body-Scissoring Bad Guys) and that she had a close bond with the arrow-loving Clint Barton, but nothing more. Thankfully, this prequel promises to clear all that up.
Speaking with Collider, 35-year-old Scarlett Johansson spoke described the upcoming prequel as a film about "self-forgiveness" and "family". She said:
"I think, in life, we come of age many times in your life and you have these moments where you’re kind of in a transitional phase and then you move sort of beyond it.
"I think in the Black Widow standalone film the character is […] at a moment of real crisis and throughout the film by facing herself in a lot of ways and all the things that make her her, she actually kind of comes through that crisis on the other side and is able to sort of re-set into a space where she’s a more grounded, self-possessed person.
"So, that’s her journey."Check out Johansson training with her stunt double below:
The movie will also star David Harbour (Stranger Things) as supersoldier Red Guardian (kinda the Soviet equivalent of Captain America). Florence Pugh (The Falling) will also play Yelena Belova, a sister-figure to Romanoff.
Black Widow will hit movie theaters in May 2020.