Black Widow is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics heroine of the same name that was released in 2021. It is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 24th film, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (MCU).
Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the film directed by Cate Shortland from a scenario by Eric Pearson, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. In the film, Roman is forced to confront her past while on the run.
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Black Widow is a superhero film based on Marvel that will be released in 2021. Lionsgate Films began developing the Black Widow film in April 2004, with David Hayter attached to write and direct. The proposal fell through, and by June 2006, Marvel Studios had regained control of the role film rights. Johansson was selected in the role when the MCU began talking with Marvel about a solo film. Shortland was chosen in 2018 after work began in late 2017. Before Pearson was picked, the script was improved by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson. The recording took place between May and October of this year.
Black Widow Plot
In 1995, Russian undercover agents Alexei Shostakov and Melina Vostokoff pose as a family in Ohio, with Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova serving as their daughters. They steal S.H.I.E.L.D. information and flee to Cuba, where Romanoff and Belova are taken to the Red Room for instruction by their boss, General Dreykov. Years pass and Shostakov is imprisoned in Russia, while Romanoff joins S.H.I.E.L.D. after bombing Dreykov’s Budapest office and murdering him and his daughter Antonia.
David Hayter was named as the writer and director of a Black Widow picture by Lionsgate Films in April 2004. The project faltered, and Marvel Studios acquired ownership of the character’s film rights in June 2006. Since Iron Man 2 (2010), Johansson has been cast in a number of MCU films and has begun talks with Marvel about a solo project. Shortland was hired in 2018 after work on the project began in late 2017. Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson contributed to the writing before Pearson was hired. From May to October 2019, filming took place in Norway, Budapest, Morocco, Pinewood Studios in England, and Atlanta, Macon, and Rome, Georgia.
On June 29, 2021, Black Widow made its world premiere at events throughout the world, and on July 9, 2021, it was released in theatres and on Disney+ with Premier Access in the United States. It’s the first film in the MCU’s Phase Four and owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been pushed back three times from its original release date of May 2020. Black Widow broke many pandemic box office records, generating over $372 million worldwide and ranking as the sixth highest-grossing film of 2021; it also made $67 million in its debut weekend on Disney+. Critics complimented Johansson and Pugh’s performances, as well as the action sequences, and gave the picture largely positive reviews.
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Black Widow Cast
- Scarlett Johansson – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- Ever Anderson – Young Natasha
- Florence Pugh – Yelena Belova
- Violet McGraw – Young Yelena
- Rachel Weisz – Melina
- David Harbour – Alexei
- Ray Winstone – General Dreykov
- O-T Fagbenle – Mason
- William Hurt – Secretary Ross
- Olga Kurylenko – Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster
- Ryan Kiera Armstrong – Young Antonia
- Olivier Richters – Ursa
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (uncredited)