“You’ve been waiting for this,” Scarlett Johansson tells the camera in what may be one of the biggest understatements in recent pop culture history. Fans have been asking for a stand-alone film centered on Black Widow for years and after Covid-delays, the film finally looks ready to hit theaters on July 9, 2021.
Pretty much since Johansson made her first appearance as Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2, the actress and many others have been trying to make a stand-alone Marvel film for the character, hoping to make it the first female-led film of the franchise. Sadly, Captain Marvel beat them to that title, but eventually a stand-alone film came together as a prequel to explain how Natasha became the Black Widow. Originally set to hit theaters in May 2020, it was quickly delayed following the pandemic and now appears to finally be back on track.
With almost a year of delays and no Marvel films in theaters, Disney and Marvel are scrambling to remind everyone of the story so far. In a new featurette, Johansson goes over Natasha Romanoff’s history with the Avengers, from fighting the Winter Solider to the Sokovia Accords to fighting Thanos. She points out that we don’t know much about her past, set to be covered in Black Widow. As Johansson says, “it’s time to tell her story.”
See the featurette below and see Black Widow in theaters and on Disney+ with Premiere Access on July 9.