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post Apr 24 2018, 05:49 AM
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So some new details have emerged about the upcoming Black Widow movie

Since Black Widow made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Iron Man 2, fans have been asking for a solo movie starring the Scarlett Johansson-portrayed character. Black Widow is a fan favorite, Johansson is a legit film star, so a solo film seemed inevitable. A few months back, the wheels finally began turning to make this a reality with the hiring of screenwriter Jac Schaffer to pen the film. Now we have an idea of what the Black Widow movie may be about: it could be a prequel that finds Natasha Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

For those of you doing the math right now, that would put this prequel film around 2006 or so. The timeline of the MCU is hard to nail down, but that means that the Black Widow movie may be set two to four years before Iron Man and maybe an extra year before the character showed up in Iron Man 2. This news, first reported by That Hashtag Show, gives Marvel plenty of room to play with, as we don't know for sure what the MCU's Black Widow was up to during that time.

This time period could find Natasha Romanoff still working for some arm of Russian Intelligence, or it could take place after she defected and became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Scarlett Johansson herself has spoken about wanting this film to be about Black Widow being free and having agency for the first time in her life and how that allows her to come in to her own. This timeline would put Natasha closer to the period when she was not making choices for herself, so we could see her deciding who she wants to be and what she wants to fight for.

Fans have long wanted to see the Budapest mission with Black Widow and Hawkeye that was mentioned in The Avengers, and this timeframe may open up that as a possibility. However, as of right now, it is looking more likely that the Black Widow movie may see her tangoing with the Winter Soldier. Sebastian Stan has spoken about this possibility in the past, citing the comics where the two have a more complicated relationship, as Bucky is a mentor and even lover to Natasha. This approach may require a bit of retconning of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but seeing Black Widow in a gritty espionage movie opposite frenemy Bucky Barnes would be certainly be a different kind of Marvel movie.

This Black Widow news is interesting and seems to fall in line with the moves Marvel has been making of late. Largely a linear, forward-moving franchise, Marvel is showing that it is becoming more open to prequels if that's what works for a story or a character. Next year will see Captain Marvel set in the 1990s, and now this film may be set before the Avengers Initiative was conceived. Heck, maybe Agent Coulson will show up here too.

There are arguments to be made against going the prequel route, but this news, while unconfirmed by Marvel, would make things less complicated for a Black Widow solo film. A prequel allows Black Widow's fate in the films set in the 'present' to still be an open question. A prequel also eliminates the questions about why the Avengers don't intervene when Natasha is in trouble. If the Black Widow solo film is set before the emergence of superheroes, it could mean that this will be a grounded spy tale.

There is no director attached yet for the Black Widow solo film, and while it is rumored to fall into Marvel's early Phase 4 slate in 2020, that has not yet been confirmed. You can see the present version of Black Widow punching above her weight in the fight against Thanos when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27. Check out our Marvel Cinematic Universe page for all the latest on the ever-growing franchise.
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post Apr 28 2018, 03:25 PM
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Black Widow is rightfully full of mystery and we have very little idea about her past so far so I think a prequel could work very well for her set in the late 90s-early 00s. Unlike Captain Marvel though, this wouldn't really be added to the MCU's future as it's not like something different could happen in 1997 which would change the course of the next Avengers movie or whatever. We would just be delving deeper into the past much in the same way as we did with the Agent Carter TV show. Whereas with Captain Marvel, it's a brand new character whose entrance to the MCU will likely lead directly into Avengers 4.

That said though I won't be rushing to the cinema to watch it. I don't mind her but early on she was just a bit annoying in Avengers and with Captain America. I'd rather watch her (or Hawkeye for that matter) in a solo movie than re-watch the first 2 Thor installments thought kink.gif
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post Apr 28 2018, 07:00 PM
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Id much prefer if we didnt get a prequel and a side mission or something, from now. Widow has evolved so much over the course of the 5 movies shes been in, from quite a 1 dimensional ruthless spy into something so much more. Im not interested in going backwards.
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