There’s still some red in Natasha Romanoff’s ledger, and we’re going back to Budapest to find out where it all started. Marvel dropped the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming Black Widow standalone movie, and we are all here for it.
The trailer opens on the Freedom Statue in Budapest—which commemorates the liberation of Hungary at the end of World War II. Hungary, which was liberated by the Soviet Union, had major Russian influence during the Cold War, so it would make all the sense in the world that Romanoff would have unfinished business there.
Furthermore, Budapest is especially important considering the multiple times both Romanoff and Clint Barton (also known as Hawkeye) hinted at some mission from the past happening there.
“I used to have nothing, and then I got this job. This family,” Romanoff says in voice over seconds into the trailer as we see clips from her past triggered from Scarlett Witch’s sorcery. The dialogue appearing here has been recycled from 2019’s Avengers: Endgame as she’s talking to Captain America. In fact, much of the opening sequence has been reused from earlier Marvel films as a wonderful way to tie this story into the rest of the franchise.
“But nothing lasts forever,” Romanoff adds—new dialogue for the trailer that we haven’t heard before—perhaps signifying her fate at the end of Endgame or the Russian family of spies who we meet in the trailer and who might potentially end up betraying her.
The Black Widow film, which takes place after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, follows Romanoff (played by Scarlett Johansson) after she returns home to Russia in order to confront something mysterious from her past. Once home, Romanoff targets someone who almost appears to be a spitting image of herself. Her sister Yelena who happens to have a similar haircut to what we see with Romanoff after the events of this film.
For the rest of the trailer, we see brief clips of other characters, such as Thunderbolt Ross (played by William Hurt) and Melina Vostokoff (portrayed by Rachel Weisz) appearing to go into battle. On top of that, we caught a glimpse of a certain Hopper from Stranger Things—actor David Harbour who plays Alexei Shostakov (the Red Guardian) and whose character serves as the Soviet equivalent of Captain America. Near the end of the trailer, we watch Red Guardian battle Taskmaster, leaving us with more questions than answers.
For now, we’re stuck waiting until May 1st, 2020 when the Black Widow film releases. But it’s sure to go out with a blast—full of more debts accrued on Romanoff’s ever-growing ledger.
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