The character of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, spy and assassin, is based on the beloved Marvel comic-book series, first published in 1964.

The release of Marvel’s Black Widow was delayed three times in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The eagerly awaited superhero movie is now scheduled to premiere on July 9, 2021.

Black Widow - Scarlett Johansson
Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) ©2021 Marvel Studios

Black Widow previous appearances

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit) made her movie debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2. She went on to appear in six Marvel film’s including Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the shocking and emotional Avengers: Endgame.

Black Widow - Rachel Weisz
Black Widow – Melina (Rachel Weisz) ©2021 Marvel Studios

Screenwriter Eric Pearson

Black Widow takes place following Captain America: Civil War, when the Avengers find themselves disbanded. Screenwriter Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok, Godzilla vs Kong) says, “I think she’s the one Avenger who’s shared the least about herself ever since we met her. She’s not who she says she is in Iron Man 2. She chooses to withhold her past and who she is personally from the audience and the other characters. In Black Widow we get to rip open her past and see what led to her hesitation to open up.”

Black Widow - Taskmaster
Black Widow – Taskmaster ©2021 Marvel Studios

Co-producer Ben Chapek

“The end result is a high-intensity, action thriller,” notes co-producer Ben Chapek (Thor: Ragnarok) “At the same time, our movie answers a lot of mysteries about Natasha’s past. We’ve seen her character evolve and open herself up to us. We’ve given hints about who she is and what makes her tick. In Avengers: Endgame, we saw Natasha get to a place in her life when she could make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. Now, we want to tell the story about who she really is as a human being. And… what led to her being capable of make that heroic decision.”

Black Widow - David Harbour
Black Widow – Alexei (David Harbour) ©2021 Marvel Studios

The prequel’s basecamp was Pinewood Studios in England in the summer of 2019. Plus it was shot on location in the UK, Norway, Budapest, Morocco and Atlanta.

With it premiering on July 9, 2021, it will be in theatres and also on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets.

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Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.