LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After numerous delays due to the global pandemic, Marvel’s Black Widow takes center stage in a new film that debuts Friday and delves into the past of the Avengers character played by Scarlett Johansson.
The actress is reprising the role for the ninth time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even though Black Widow died in the 2019 blockbuster âAvengers: Endgameâ.
The new movie “Black Widow” will be available in theaters and for a fee of $ 30 through Walt Disney Co’s Disney + streaming service. It was previously scheduled to debut exclusively in theaters in May 2020.
The film is a prequel set after the events of 2016’s âCaptain America: Civil Warâ. It catches up with former murderer Natasha Romanoff as she flees government agents.
Johansson said this would likely be the last time she played the character.
âI think it’s always good to leave on a high note,â the actress said in an interview. âYou have to release him. It’s part of the journey when you know it’s over.
The film begins when Romanoff receives a mailbox left in a previous apartment. Due to the content, she unwittingly becomes the target of the mysterious Taskmaster as well as an army of women known as Widows.
“Stranger Things” actor David Harbor plays Romanoff’s father and Rachel Weisz plays his mother. Florence Pugh portrays her sister, Yelena, who often makes fun of the Black Widow and her fellow Avengers.
âI hope I made people laugh,â Pugh said. âIt might have been funny that I was extremely hard on Natasha, but I definitely smiled when the whole family got involved. They all shared the same sense of humor and the same timing. It was just perfect.
Harbor plays an atypical superhero who is out of shape and struggles to fit into his superhero outfit.
âWhen (director) Cate (Shortland) introduced me to the character, it was him at the end of his life with all of this regret and remorse and right after his main activity,â Harbor said. âI was like it was fun and I could sit and eat donuts all day. It will be fantastic.
Report by Rollo Ross; Writing by Lisa Richwine; edited by Diane Craft