“Black Widow” Is Here. Why Is This Such a Relevant Film for Marvel?

Scarlett Johansson in “Black Widow.” Photo Courtesy: Marvel Studios

It’s been two full years since Spider-Man: Far From Home opened in theaters on July 2, 2019, concluding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Phase Three. And even though the Disney+ shows WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki have already kicked off Phase Four of the MCU saga, we’ve been waiting for its first movie for a long time.

Black Widow was initially scheduled for release in theaters on May 1, 2020, but like so many other films during the last year, it’s been postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will finally be released on July 9, 2021, simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in a long-overdue film in which her character stands front and center. “Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger,” reads Disney’s official synopsis of the movie.

The film will see Natasha seeking her found family from her Russian spy days: sister-figure Yelena (Florence Pugh), father-figure Alexei/The Red Guardian (David Harbour) and mother-figure Melina (Rachel Weisz).