Director Cate Shortland joined by cast members Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O.T. Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz took the stage, teasing Black Widow’s first solo film that would offer new insight into the fan-favorite character. “In this film we get to understand her past and put the pieces of herself together and come out a whole person,” Shortland said. The cast and filmmaker kept it brief, preferring to let the footage do the talking for them.
Below is a description of footage shown:
The Black Widow presentation begins with a character reel, showcasing her highlighted moments from previous MCU films. We hear Nastasha’s dialogue from Endgame, “I used to have nothing and then I got this job… this family. I was better because of it.” A montage of Natasha’s heroic moments flash across the screen and we land on her Civil War exchange with Tony. “Must be hard to shake the double agent thing,” he says. “They’re coming to you.”
Then the screen cuts to Budapest. We see Natasha walking through the European city streets, into a building where she enters an elevator pulling a gun from her bag. When elevator reaches her floor, she walks through the doors gun blazing, shouting, “I know you’re up there!” Lying in wait is Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), aiming a gun of her own. “Are we going to talk like grown-ups?” Natasha asks. “Is that what we are?” Yelena replies. Their standoff quickly turns into a fight scene. Trading blows and swapping of guns with one quick, graceful gesture. They are evenly matched.
The footage all has a hand-held Paul Greengrass Bourne film vibe to it. Their fight now having lead them to the kitchen area, crashing into a sink, Yelena wielding plates as weapons while Natasha comes at her with a towel. Yelena kicks Natasha through a glass door.
As Natasha readies herself for the next round, Yelena pulls a kitchen knife and comes strutting towards her. The scene goes silent, only to be punctuated by the grunts and crashes of the knife fight. The big brawl leads them around the house until Natasha grabs a curtain and starts choking the other one out. Yelena responds in turn, wrapping the rest of curtain around Natasha’s neck. They lie there on the floor like that when the scene cuts to a friendlier exchange of the two assassins.
“Good to see you, sis,” Natasha says, pouring Yelena a shot. “You just had to come to Budapest.” Then we got a series of quick cuts showing off action — Natasha and Yelena riding a bike in tandem, multiple car chases through the crowded streets, Widow running through a mountain range, lots and lots of guns.
Finally, we get a shot of her in a car crash, she stumbles out of the flaming wreckage onto the bridge, where a man in a mask walks towards her. She fires, but he pulls a shield and blocks the bullets. It’s likely the Red Guardian (Harbour) the Soviet version of Captain America. They trade blows, and similarly as with Yelena, these are clearly trained fighters in a similar fashion. The sequence ending in a standoff, both kneeling and looking at each other in an identical pose.
Marvel Studios’ Black Widow arrives in cinemas May 1, 2020. Directed by Cate Shortland and starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW with Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland. In theaters May 1, 2020. pic.twitter.com/oyUvYdzF3P— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 21, 2019