NEW YORK: Fans got a closer look at Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow”, courtesy of a new trailer in which Natasha Romanoff squared off against the villain Taskmaster and a small army of other Black Widows. The new trailer begins similarly to the one that came out in December. We see Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) reuniting for her former comrades in the Soviet Union-era assassin training program that made her who she is. That includes lovable Red Guardian (David Harbour), who might be out of shape but, at least in one quick glimpse, appears to still have quite a kick left in him.
After that, more scenes of general action and mayhem as Natasha fights her way through “new enemies” — which includes the aforementioned squad of other Black Widows (not literally other Natashas, just people trained to fight and dress like her). We also get a slightly closer look at Taskmaster, who gives off a serious Winter Soldier vibe while also demonstrating his comic book superpower: The ability to mimic the physical movement of anyone he observes.
“Black Widow” is a prequel set immediately after the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” But to mess with your heads just a little bit more, while that means it’s set approximately four years ago for you, the reader, thanks to the 5-year timeskip in “Avengers: Endgame” that Marvel has decided to make permanent, “Black Widow” takes place nearly a decade before “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
Along with Johansson and Harbour, “Black Widow” also stars Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova (a.k.a. the Super Adaptoid in Marvel Comics), “The Handmaid’s Tale” star O-T Fagbenle as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Rick Mason, Ray Winstoneas an as-yet unknown character, Rachel Weisz also as an as-yet unknow character, and Olivier Richters also as a still-unannounced character.
About those last two roles: The actor behind Taskmaster’s taskmastering mask still hasn’t been announced. But we’re going to place a bet that the film’s big reveal is that it’s either Weisz or Richters. We’ll pay $50 or the equivalent in rubles if we lose. Directed by Cate Shortland (“Berlin Syndrome”) and written by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, “Black Widow” hits theaters May 1, 2020. And just so you all know how smart we are, we’ll note that release date falls on May Day. Get it? GET IT?