Nat’s solo movie was one of the first to be delayed last year. After several moves on the calendar, Black Widow has finally found a date and venues.
Since it’s been a bit… we’re going back on the timeline (between Civil War and Infinity War, to be precise) for this super-charged spy thriller that aims to fill in some of the gaps of the Infinity Saga. Natasha confronts the darker parts of her past when a dangerous conspiracy arises and she’s pursued by an enemy that will stop at nothing to take her down.
Black Widow is more exceptional human than superhero, but definitely an MCU movie with promises of hand-to-hand combat, chases, new enemies, and new allegiances. This has been a long time coming. I just hope Nat is not being treated like an afterthought or a way to tie up loose ends. She deserves more, especially how she’s been treated by directors in this saga.
Cate Shorland is in the director’s chair – this is the first Marvel movie to be led by a female director solo (Captain Marvel was a team). New faces include Florence Pugh (as Yelena Belova), Rachel Weisz (as Melina Vostokoff), and David Harbour (as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian). William Hurt is reprising his role as Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, and there are unconfirmed rumors that we’ll see other Avengers at some point.
This will be a hybrid release. You can see it in theaters or watch it at home on Disney+ by paying a premium (Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon were set at $30, I don’t expect this to be different).
Marvel Studios has also moved Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to September 3, 2021. Filming was in full swing in Australia last August.
Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film’s cast also includes Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. Additionally, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng appear in the upcoming movie, which is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.