It’s Black Widow release week! We still can’t believe that this movie is a real thing we’ll all get to experience in theaters or at home in such a short time. We have been loyal fans of Natasha Romanoff for over a decade, and that passion is finally paying off in her very own solo film. It’s honestly surreal to know that we’ll learn about a whole new part of Natasha’s life. But, it’s also disappointing that this story is coming so late in her tenure in the MCU. We are going to lean to the good side of all of this and celebrate Natasha Romanoff’s journey thus far and the new characters we will meet in Black Widow.
Since Black Widow is so close to being a reality, we thought it would be useful to gather all the information you can choose to know heading into the movie. We’ve got character descriptions, behind-the-scenes photos, photos from the actual movie, clips, and the trailers all in one place. Don’t worry; we understand if you want to go into this movie not knowing a thing. But, if you do want a closer look at what you can expect, we’ve got you covered!
Character Descriptions as Released by Disney and Marvel Studios:
NATASHA ROMANOFF (Scarlett Johansson), separated from the now-fractured
Avengers, confronts the dark path she took to becoming a spy and assassin, as well as
events that followed. She reluctantly reunites with an unlikely group of spies from her
past who share a critical part of her history, as well as a desire to stop a lethal force
from being unleashed. But Natasha’s efforts are threatened by a deadly assassin whose
unique skillset is unlike anything Natasha has ever faced.
YELENA BELOVA (Florence Pugh), a product of the Red Room’s ruthless training
program, has a secret history with the Black Widow that she is determined to address.
When Yelena finds herself caught in a world with dangerous threats behind every
corner, her only chance at survival may be through a tenuous truce with the person she
blames for a lifetime of torment—Natasha Romanoff.
ALEXEI/RED GUARDIAN (David Harbour), the Red Room’s answer to Captain
America, is a super soldier and spy who lived a lifetime of triumph during the Cold War.
Alexei’s years of espionage are behind him, but he still considers himself the ultimate
hero. He loves sharing his greatness with those around him—which these days includes
fellow inmates in the Russian prison where he resides. Deep down—way deep down—
he harbors a lot of guilt about his life as a spy, especially when it comes to Natasha
Romanoff, whom he knew long before she became Black Widow.
MELINA (Rachel Weisz) is a highly trained spy who has been cycled through the Red
Room’s Widow program four times. After various undercover missions, one of which
involved a young Natasha Romanoff, the Red Room recognized Melina’s intelligence,
making her one of their lead scientists. After decades of service, Melina has been able
to distance herself from the Red Room, but when Natasha shows up, Melina must
decide where her allegiance lies.
TASKMASTER is a masked assassin who carries out deadly missions on behalf of the Red
Room. Armed with the ability to mimic his enemies’ every move, the calculating and formidable Taskmaster will stop at nothing until he accomplishes his mission.
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from Black Widow:
Check out some photos from Black Widow:
Take a closer look at Black Widow with these clips:
There are plenty of Black Widow TV Spots all over the internet at this point. Those may be short but they could back a spoiler that you’d rather have revealed on the big screen. The clips below are longer than the TV Spots but they don’t reveal anything substantial. They’re just enough to pique our interest in what got Natasha and Yelena into these precarious situations. If you want to join us in spiraling in theory madness until Friday, check out these clips!
Relive the excitement by rewatching the Black Widow trailers:
This movie has been a long time coming. To some extent, it still feels as though the rug is going to be ripped out from under us. That’s why it’s almost an emotional process to revisit these trailers, especially the earliest ones. We have been on this journey with Natasha Romanoff for over a decade. If we’re honest with ourselves, this may very well be the last time we see her in the MCU. So excuse us if we want to rewatch these trailers and sit in all the feels for a little while. Join us?
Will you be watching Black Widow opening weekend? Let us know what you’re most excited to see in the comments below!
Black Widow premieres in theaters and on Disney+ July 9, 2021.