Marvel Comics fans have waited a long time for the long-anticipated Black Widow solo film. Scarlett Johansson won the role of Natalia Alianova “Natasha” Romanova, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Additionally, the villain in Black Widow will be the formidable Taskmaster (Tony Masters). The Black Widow press release didn’t mention who would take on the Taskmaster role, so I guess it will be a surprise for us all.
Why a Black Widow Solo Film?
As most Marvel film fans remember, Romanova martyrs herself in Avengers: Endgame (2019) so that the Avengers may obtain the Soul Stone. And if that wasn’t sad enough, Iron Man (Tony Stark) sacrificed his life also to “snap” Thanos and his army with his Infinity Stone-powered suit.
It’s assumed that Black Widow—a flashback film taking place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline between Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018)—intends to set the stage where Romanova passes the torch off to Belova. In addition to keeping some semblance of Black Widow alive in upcoming MCU films, fans hope to learn more about Romanova’s shadowy origins.
A Short History Lesson About Black Widow (Romanova)
Romanova is but one out of a group of assassins from Russia falling under the moniker “Black Widow.” She was incorporated introduced in 1964 to Marvel’s comic book anthology series entitled Tales of Suspense. Natalia Romanova’s last comic book appearance occurred in the September 2017 issue of Secret Empire #17.
According to what little history we know of Russia’s most formidable female assassin, Romanova was born sometime in the 1920s. Supposedly, she was rescued by a Soviet soldier named Ivan Petrovitch after the apartment she lived in with her mother caught fire. We can only assume that her mother perished in the blaze since Petrovitch essentially became her foster parent.
When Romanova became a teenager, her foster father volunteered her services to Department X, which ultimately led her to the Red Room Academy and the Black Widow program. It is here where she acquired skills as an assassin and a spy—and where she earned a reputation for being one of the Red Room Academy’s most prolific Black Widows.