Every Stealthy Easter Egg We Found In The ‘Black Widow’ Teaser-Trailer
There's at least THREE Black Widows in this trailer.
There might be no film in the MCU as hyped as ‘Black Widow’.
Scarlett Johansson’s super-spy who loves kicking first turned up in Iron Man 2, and beat up a bunch of baddies, going on to become a founding member of The Avengers. It was not… unnoticed that she was both the only female member of the supergroup, and also one of the only members without her own solo movie.
So, people have been calling for this film for a long time.
And now, out of nowhere, we’ve been given a big old teaser-trailer for the 2020 film Black Widow — and we’re excited. I mean, I have issues with a TEASER being 2 minutes long — surely that’s just a fucking trailer? But I guess I won’t look the big advertising budget horse in the money mouth.
Because they’ve given us SO MANY DETAILS. And it looks really good and exciting. So we’re breaking down all the cool details in the Black Widow teaser-trailer.
How Is She Alive?
It might be hard to remember, because Avengers: Endgame was 32 hours long, but somewhere in the middle of that film, Natasha Romanoff died in order to retrieve the Soul Stone. So, are they resurrecting her for this film? Heck no.
Black Widow was widely rumoured to be a prequel, that perhaps told the story of her Russian spy training. However it actually doesn’t go back that far — rather this film is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
That’s roughly a two year period, where the team is split up between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. A lot of time for adventures!
Lol at people who think that Black Widow is going to flop because she died in Endgame. You don’t even have to like these movies to realize how ridiculous that is.
— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) December 3, 2019
The opening shot of the trailer is the city of Budapest — a city steeped in Black Widow lore.
It’s thought that Budapest was the place where Black Widow and Hawkeye first crossed paths. They probably did some spy shit! In The Avengers, Black Widow and Hawkeye throw a reference to how fighting the Chitauri reminded them of Budapest — which was probs a bit sarcastic. Then in Avengers: Endgame, on the planet Vormir, Hawkeye makes a joke about being “a long way from Budapest.”
Florence Pugh Is Another Black Widow
Florence Pugh has been introduced to the MCU as Yelena Belova, who Natasha calls “sis”. She is clearly another super-spy, trained at the same place — which in comic lore was called ‘The Red Room’.
They do a fight and a banter, and are clearly meant to be mirror images of each other — perhaps even a Sliding Doors moment for Natasha.
“I know you’re out there,” says Yelena, to which Natasha responds. “I know you know I’m out here.”
She may be set up to take the Black Widow mantle over. There must always be a lady to punch and kick!
Thunderbolt Ross Is Back, And Creepily De-Aged.
William Hurt is back as Thunderbolt Ross, who we have seen in minor roles all through the MCU, usually telling the Avengers to do things they don’t want to do. But he’s clearly de-aged — so probably a flashback.
The dude with the bow and arrow is an assassin named Taskmaster, who in the comics is able to mimic anyone he has ever fought. If that’s true in this film, the fact that he’s shooting a bow HIGHLY implies that he’s at some point crossed paths with Hawkeye, because hey, in a world of guns and superheroes, shooting arrows is not common.
He’s the bad guy.
David Harbour plays the Red Guardian, who is supposedly the Russian version of Captain America. In the comics, Alexei Shostakov was a Russian astronaut who then agreed to head up a Russian-style Avengers team.
It’s unclear how everyone knows each other, but it is apparently quite familial — he jokes about family being back together again, when all the characters are sitting around the table together. In one version of the comics, he was Nat’s husband, so… that’s a thing.
Rachel Weisz Is Melina And I Love Her
Not a huge amount is known about Rachel Weisz’s character, Melina. In the comics, she was another spy called Iron Maiden, who hated Natasha. However it has been confirmed by Weisz herself in interviews that Melina is another Black Widow, which is very cool.
Spies And Spying
There’s no CLEAR idea of the plot, but we know that Natasha is hell-bent on trying to make up for the bad things she’s done in her past. It seems clear that this movie will allow her to do that in some way — so it could be about dismantling the Black Widow program in some way. One thing’s for sure, it’s meant to be a cathartic end for a beloved character, a wrapping up of her story — in a way that Endgame certainly didn’t allow us.
I’m so excited.
Black Widow hits theatres April 30, 2020.