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‘Black Widow’ rises from the ashes of ‘Avengers’

From the moment ‘Black Widow’ was announced as the start of Phase 4 within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we knew Cate Shortland’s film had to be about more than Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) past, given the building block nature of the franchise.

Although the film takes place after the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016) and will delve into Natasha’s past and the lives of her surrogate family, ‘Black Widow’ seems to be equally focused on what Black Widow means as a namesake and legacy. Natasha’s death in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019) came with a sense of finality for the character, but the upcoming movie promises to open a new door in which the moniker Black Widow is larger than a single character.

With Monday’s release of the final trailer, the film’s story comes into focus and we learn just how wide the web of the Black Widow stretches.

The teaser trailer for the film, released in December, opened with narration from Natasha. This final trailer switches gears and begins with a voiceover from Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), another Black Widow and Natasha’s “sister.” The focus on Yelena in the marketing as the film has drawn closer hasn’t gone unnoticed, and she’s received equal attention as Natasha. This has led to speculation, which seems spot-on, that Yelena will take over Natasha’s mantle as Black Widow in the current day MCU and be the face of what’s sure to become a new franchise. But she may not be taking on that mantle alone. The trailer reveals that the central plot line of Black Widow will see Natasha and Yelena team with their parental figures, Black Widow, Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), and Russia’s very own super-soldier, Red Guardian (David Harbour), in order to rescue the women of the Red Room. There appears to be nearly a dozen other Black Widows in training who have had their free will stripped from them and operate in service of the mysterious Taskmaster.

Whatever the future holds for the name Black Widow and the Red Room, it seems certain that Black Widow will do more than reveal the past, but set the stage for the future and the secrets that come with it.

Hollywood Reporter

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