BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson Hints That The Movie Could Be The First Chapter In A Franchise

BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson Hints That The Movie Could Be The First Chapter In A Franchise

During a recent media appearance, Scarlett Johansson made some remarks which seemingly pointed to Black Widow being the first instalment in a "standalone franchise." Find out more details after the jump...

We know that Black Widow takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, but what we don't know is whether the movie will delve into Natasha's past, explaining what happened in Budapest with Hawkeye and her first meeting with The Winter Soldier. 

Black Widow was killed off in Avengers: Endgame, but recent comments from Scarlett Johansson have pointed to her starring in a "standalone franchise," something which obviously indicates that this solo outing won't be a one-off. There are bound to be other gaps in her history that Marvel Studios could fill in (including those early years), while there's always a chance she could even be resurrected somehow. 

After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now introduced alternate timelines and realities, so there's bound to be a way Black Widow's story can continue beyond just this one film.

Another possibility is that Yelena Belova will become the new Black Widow and that she will lead this "standalone franchise" instead. We'll have to wait and see, but the possibilities are seemingly endless and it's definitely exciting to think about what could come next for the character. 


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With the film set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Johansson promises we’ll see a different Natasha than the one in past MCU films. “When something huge explodes and all the pieces are landing, you have that moment of stillness where you don’t know what to do next — that’s the moment that she’s in. In that moment, you actually have to face yourself.”

"When something huge explodes and all the pieces are landing, you have that moment of stillness where you don’t know what to do next — that’s the moment that she’s in," Scarlett Johansson says. "In that moment, you actually have to face yourself."
 
Harbour’s character is also known as the Red Guardian, Russia’s answer to Captain America. “In a way, he’s a super-soldier, but he’s also a very complicated guy. He has a lot of flaws, a lot of idiosyncrasies. It’s a very rich character” Harbour told EW.

"In a way, he’s a super-soldier, but he’s also a very complicated guy," David Harbour says of Russia's answer to Captain America, Red Guardian. "He has a lot of flaws, a lot of idiosyncrasies. It’s a very rich character." That beard is pretty damn impressive, eh?
 
Comic-Con attendees were treated to a fight scene between Black Widow and Pugh’s character Yelena Belova, described as a sister figure to the superspy.

It hasn't been released online but those attending Comic-Con were treated to a fight scene between Black Widow and Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova. However, it sounds like these two have a sister-like relationship and will actually be allies in the movie. 
 
Fagbenle describes his character Mason as “a fixer,” who comes from Natasha’s past and is “kind of into her.” “It’s a bit of a complex relationship with Natasha because obviously, ostensibly we have this kind of business transaction, but I think there’s a little romantic frisson,” Fagbenle told EW.

O.T. Fagbenle describes his character Mason as "a fixer" who comes from Natasha's past and may have feelings for her. "It’s a bit of a complex relationship with Natasha because obviously, ostensibly we have this kind of business transaction, but I think there’s a little romantic frisson." The question is, could he be playing Taskmaster? That would certainly be a pretty interesting twist.
 
Weisz described her character Malena to EW as “quite a seasoned spy and assassin,” who has “been cycled through the Black Widow Red Room [program] five times at this point in her life.” She also plays a key part in a top-secret experiment within the film.

Rachel Weisz's is reportedly playing Malena in the movie, "a seasoned spy and assassin," who has "been cycled through the Black Widow Red Room [program] five times at this point in her life." She also plays a key role in some sort of experiement in the film.
 
O. T. Fagbenle, Florence Pugh, Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour took a break from shooting to give audiences more details about the long-awaited solo film for the original Avengers member.
                        After the Marvel Comic-Con 2019 panel, the Black Widow stars provided EW with some exclusive scoops about what we can expect from the prequel movie, due out May 1, 2020.

What are your thoughts on Black Widow's cast? Are you guys excited to check the movie out when it arrives in theaters next May? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts below. 
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