Production on Marvel's Black Widow film is officially underway and photos from the set hint at a possible villain and timeline. Scarlett Johansson's character was killed off in Avengers: Endgame and it looks like her new solo movie will be before the war with Thanos, which means the events in Endgame will not be undone.
New villain spotted in leaked photos
Photos from the set of Black Widow feature a costumed
individual that many fans suspect is the villain. The images show a character
covered in a suit of armor wearing a backpack and vest of some sort. It's difficult
to tell who the character is, though it could be Taskmaster, Darkhawk,
Spymaster, or Night Thrasher.
One of the photos also includes the masked villain riding in an armored vehicle. Some fans have suggested that the person looks like Blue Streak, though it is too difficult to tell with the mask on. Either way, it is exciting that filming for Black Widow has officially started and that we are getting a new villain in the MCU.
What’s ahead of Black Widow?
Considering how Black Widow died in Endgame it's unclear how to get Marvel plans back without undoing the events in the movie. The timeline in her solo movie cannot start after Endgame without resurrecting her or bringing her back from an alternate universe. The downsides of this approach are that it would invalidate previous events and could get pretty quick.
Fortunately, there is another way Marvel can give us a Black
Widow film without brass with the current timeline.
The photos from the set hint that Black Widow's successor, Yelena
Belova, will be introduced in the movie. If that is the case, then the movie
could serve as a way to establish a lasting legacy for Black Widow that will
extend beyond the timeline of Endgame .
After all, Marvel intended to end Black Widow's story arc in Endgame,
and it sounds like they are sticking to this plan. By introducing Belova, the
studio can still honor Black Widow's sacrifice while continuing her character's
journey through her successor.
Who will be Natasha's successor?
Marvel has not announced who will play the role of Belova in the upcoming Black Widow . We do know, however, that Florence Pugh has been starring alongside Johansson in the film and is very likely to be portraying the character. Pugh is well known for her roles in Outlaw King and Lady Macbeth .
The new set of photos, meanwhile, released that we will meet Belova at
some point in the movie. One image features crates that are tagged
"Natasha" and "Yelena."
As a character, Belova was created back in 1999 by J.G. Jones and Devin Greyson. She was first introduced in an edition of the Inhumans, where she attacked a city called Attilan. Belova is the same symbol as Black Widow, which is here as the newest assassin from the Red Room. She eventually came face-to-face with Black Widow and the characters were featured in their own miniseries. After fighting each other, Black Widow revealed the truth about the Red Room and convinced Belova to break free.
Pugh dishes on joining the MCU
While we wait for an official word from Marvel, recently opened up about the film and admitted that it was "well needed." The actress, who is set to star in the new Fallen Avengers film in 2020, explained that fans have been waiting for a solo Black Widow for a long time. She then revealed that the movie has lot of support and love, which definitely bodes well for its success.
Apart from Pugh and Johansson, the movie will star David Harbor ( Stranger
Things) O-T Fagbenle ( The Handmaid's Tale ), and Rachel Weisz.
Marvel has not revealed any character details about the movie.
Cate Shortland is directing Black Widow marking the first
time a female director has helmed a Marvel movie. The film is expected to
premiere sometime in 2020, though an exact date has not been set.