That’s a wrap on Black Widow. The first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is in the can, as filming has concluded on the highly-anticipated film. The news was confirmed over on Instagram by stunt performer Lucy-Jayne Murray. Have a look.
“That’s officially a wrap on Black Widow. I have loved this team so much, each and every one of you means the world to me and I’m so grateful to have had this experience with you all. Thank you all so much,” Murray said in the caption provided with her photo on Instagram. Star Florence Pugh also recently confirmed that she wrapped filming with her own Instagram post.
“Yelena Belova, what a lady. Thank you for an unforgettable summer.,” Pugh said. “5 months of high kicks, wicked hair, picking David’s nose, stunning locations and an unbelievable amount of beautiful talented people working tirelessly everyday to make it the very best it can be. And, of course, the joy of watching THE Black Widow herself was perfect and absolutely magical. Thank you.”
This will have an important place in the history of the MCU. Not only is Johansson finally getting the solo film many feel that she’s deserved for years now, but it will be the first entry in Phase 4 of the MCU, which picks up in a post-Avengers: Endgame world. Sort of.
Black Widow will be a prequel taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. It will see Natasha squaring off against the villain Taskmaster. Beyond that, not much else has been revealed about the plot, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has talked about wanted to make a prequel that can still stand on its own.
“There’s always a method and doing things in an unexpected way is something we find fun. There are ways to do prequels that are less informative or answer questions you didn’t necessarily have, and then there are ways to do prequels where you learn all sorts of things you never knew before,” Feige said in an interview with io9. “I look at Better Call Saul as a wonderful example of a prequel that almost completely stands on its own apart from Breaking Bad because it informs you about so many things you didn’t know about before…So time will tell which way we’ve gone with a supposed Black Widow movie.”
Other movies coming down the pipeline in Phase 4 include Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Phase 4 will also include Disney+ shows such as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki and Hawkeye.
Cate Shortland is in the director’s chair, working from a script by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson. The rest of the cast includes David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.
Black Widow is set to hit theaters on May 1, 2020.
So what do you think? Is this the right movie to kick off Phase 4? Will we see a teaser trailer soon? Sound off in the comments!