Black Widow was originally supposed to kick off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year, but the pandemic derailed that plan. Instead, Elizabeth Olsen's WandaVision became the lead-off hitter for Marvel's post-Infinity Saga era, thus making the wait for the Scarlett Johansson-led project a little while longer.
Over the past year, the discussion around Black Widow mainly focused on its final release date, which isn't surprising due to the fact that the film was delayed three times. As it stands, the prequel is set to premiere on Disney+ Premiere Acess and in theaters on July 9, 2021 (hopefully), making the swan song of Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff the first feature film of the MCU's Phase 4.
The delays of Black Widow also affected the film's marketing, but Disney earlier promised that they will “introduce original materials” once promotion restarts. Now, it looks like the House of Mouse fulfilled that pledge with the arrival of a new trailer.
A FRESH LOOK AT BLACK WIDOW
Marvel Studios officially released a brand-new trailer for Black Widow, showcasing a fresh look at the MCU prequel featuring the likes of Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, and the mysterious Taskmaster:
NATASHA ROMANOFF'S MCU PAST
Black Widow made a triumphant return in the Marvel marketing scene through this action-packed trailer, and it's reasonable to assume that it dialed up more hype for the prequel before its already-confirmed July release date.
The trailer quickly reminded fans of Natasha's journey as an Avenger, featuring clips from films of the Infinity Saga like 2012's The Avengers and 2019's Avengers: Endgame. The montage was accompanied by Alan Silvestri's Avengers motif from the movies infused with the earlier themes from the Black Widow trailers.
So far, a consistent aspect of Black Widow's marketing is the hero's past, and this was further amplified by the footage that is shown in the latest trailer. If anything, the inclusion of Natasha's younger self alongside her early moments with her Russian family is a fitting reminder that the prequel will be a deep dive into the character's history.
Furthermore, the bond between Natasha Romanoff and Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova is expected to be the focal point of Black Widow, and the trailer didn't waste time in establishing the pair's dynamic.
The additional flashback scenes should give fans a general idea of how the sisterly bond of Romanoff and Belova started, but it also hints that a tragic portrayal will be showcased.
Meanwhile, the unfinished business that Romanoff mentioned in the trailer could point to the hero's mission of stopping the Red Room operations once and for all, ultimately leading to a showdown with the mysterious Taskmaster.
The masked villain appears to be manipulated by Ray Winstone's Dreykov, the head of the Russian spy organization. It's possible that Taskmaster will be portrayed similarly to the Winter Soldier, who is an individual that is being controlled by a shady group.
All in all, this trailer should boost the excitement of MCU fans for Black Widow.
Black Widow is set to premiere on Disney+ and in theaters on July 9, 2021.