Black Widow is set to launch the film corner of the MCU's Phase 4, and it will do so by finishing the story of Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff.
Directed by Cate Shortland, the upcoming prequel will revolve around Romanoff's adventures after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, meaning that the titular spy will be on the run from the Sokovia Accords. Romanoff's status will eventually lead her to cross paths with her former Russian family which consists of Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, David Harbour's Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz's Melina Vostokoff.
Marketing for Black Widow revealed that the core theme of the film will revolve around the concept of family. Several trailers and promo spots unveiled that major flashbacks will be featured such as Romanoff's origin in the Red Room and an inside look at the past of the aforementioned Russian family.
Now, a special look at the life of a young Natasha is showcased in a new promo for the film.
NATASHA ROMANOFF PROTECTS YELENA IN NEW VIDEO
Marvel Studios officially released a brand-new teaser for Black Widow filled with exciting new footage.
In the video, new scenes include a young Natasha Romanoff protecting Yelena Belova and a few new lines from the film.
Ever Jovovich plays the younger version of Natasha Romanoff, and this new still from the trailer highlights the fact that the character is still a skilled fighter in her early days from the Red Room.
The younger version of Florence Pugh's Yelena, played by Violet McGraw, can be seen holding a stuffed animal during the chaos.
Young Yelena is pretty terrified during the whole ordeal, suggesting that these unknown threats might have caused some sort of trauma to her.
The full TV spot can be seen below:
NATASHA AND YELENA'S SISTERLY BOND
The latest promo spot highlights the sisterly bond of Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova, and it seems to imply that this major sequence is where the bond between the two became stronger.
Yelena's past has yet to be explored in the MCU, but it seems that her involvement in Black Widow is more than just an introduction. By doing a deep dive into Yelena's past alongside Romanoff, it creates an opportunity to give fans more information about the young spy before eventually taking on a major role in the MCU moving forward.
Based on the brief scene, it's possible that young Natasha's enemies are from the Red Room, thus giving her more reason to hate the organization. Protecting Yelena from these unknown assailants could also serve as a launchpad for becoming more of a hero rather than a controlled spy. If this is the case, it's only fitting that this will stem from risking her life to save her sister.
Black Widow is poised to give an additional (and potentially, final) layer to Romanoff's character arc in the MCU by diving into her past relationships, and it looks like it will be an emotional ride once it's all said and done.
Black Widow premieres on Disney+ via Premier Access and in theaters on July 9, 2021.