In 2010, Iron Man 2 introduced Scarlett Johansson to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and over the near-decade, we have followed her character through Red Room graduation, getting caught in the middle of Captain America and Iron Man’s feud and ultimately sacrificing herself to save existence. But after appearing in seven movies as a secondary character, Natasha is finally a primary character, in her own movie.
But isn’t she dead, you ask?
Okay, yes. As we know it, Natasha is still very dead. But does it hurt to see her (at least) one more time? We say “at least” in parentheses because, well, we know that she’s totally bringing herself back to life in this movie:
one theory indicates that steve went back to vormir and used the reality stone to resurrect natasha, and for that reason it has a similar style as in endgame. i need to see black widow movie. pic.twitter.com/APD0N3jRgE
— vers; (fan acc) (@ragnarokbucky) June 1, 2019
GUYS,,, BLACK WIDOW MIGHT BE RESURRECTED! In the first issue of the Infinity Countdown series, Black Widow is resurrected and the plot deals with the reality stone omg,,, plus the reality stone has been used to resurrect people,,, EYE— pic.twitter.com/aUnbrSDHSu
— 𝓡 💌 (@klzusmikaelson) May 31, 2019
Anyway, let’s get back on track.
The 2:09 teaser trailer was released by Marvel Studios on Tuesday, unveiling the first official look at what Natasha was up to in-between post-Captain America: Civil War and pre-Avengers: Infinity War (before vigilante-ing with her best friend, Steve Rogers, and Sam Wilson).
Johansson and the cast of Black Widow—Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz—teased the movie over the summer at both San Diego Comic-Con and the D23 Expo, screening similar footage.
“Where we find Natasha in her life at this point is very specific,” Johansson told Entertainment Weekly during Comic-Con. “She really is in a dark place where she’s got no one to call and nowhere to go. She’s really grappling with her own self. When something huge explodes and all the pieces are landing, you have that moment of stillness where you don’t know what to do next — that’s the moment that she’s in. In that moment, you actually have to face yourself.”
The trailer shows Natasha returning to her roots and confronting her “sister,” Yelena Belova (Pugh). We also meet Natasha’s ex-husband in the comic books, Alexei Shostakov (Harbour) and yet another Black Widow, Melina Vostokoff (Weisz). (For more on who Melina is, check out this article on PopSugar.)
Black Widow was the first Marvel movie that Johansson had executive produced, as well as provided input on script, director and casting decisions. “I feel like I’m in control of the destiny of this film, which gives me a lot of more peace of mind,” Johansson said to The Hollywood Reporter. “I know her better than anybody.”
The official poster for the Cate Shortland-directed project was also released on Tuesday:
Watch the trailer below. Black Widow crawls into theaters on May 1, 2020.