Black Widow was first introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2010 with Iron Man 2. In it, we learn she is a secret spy for SHIELD set to watch out for Tony Stark as Nick Fury sets the pieces in motion to assemble the Avengers. She become one of the major centerpieces of this world-saving group, and in the coming years, she is finally getting her own movie.

Marvel has kept quiet on details of the movie, but we do have a few details that gives us a sense of where the movie will be placed within the overarching MCU.

Here is everything you need to know about the Black Widow movie.

All the big details

Black Widow release date

Marvel has not set a release date for the Black Widow movie. That's not a surprise. It has not set a release date for any Marvel movie coming out after 2019. That was likely to put all of its focus on Avengers: Endgame and not spoil the future of the MCU.

With that out of the way, when can we expect the Black Widow movie? Possibly 2020, but 2021 makes the most sense. Marvel president Kevin Feige has been busy setting up the cast for the movie, but it has yet to enter production. In fact, there's no word on if it'll enter production in 2019 at all.

That isn't set in stone as we're still only in April, so there's plenty of time for Marvel to clear up its roadmap, especially now the Avengers: Endgame is in theaters, and gets busy making movies. For the time being, expect Black Widow in 2020 or 2021.

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Black Widow cast

Black Widow will be led by Scarlett Johansson playing the titular role of Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff. But she won't be alone. In April 2019, it was confirmed that Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz and Stranger Things' David Harbour were in talks to join the project.

From early talks, the deal wasn't done yet, but the two sides were close to reaching an agreement. Besides those three, actress Florence Pugh has also joined the cast to play an unspecified. Those are all the actors we know will be in the project that we know of, however, don't be surprise if current MCU actors also join the fray at some point.

  • Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
  • Rachel Weisz in unspecified role
  • David Harbour in unspecified role
  • Florence Pugh in unspecified role

Cate Shortland will take up directorial duties. This will mark the second time a female director leads an MCU movie after Anna Boden co-directed Captain Marvel. Shortland is best known for directing indie films Lore and The Silence. Ned Benson and Jac Schaeffer will pen the script.

Black Widow plot

The standalone Black Widow movie will be an origin story to the character, playing out as a prequel to the MCU, similar to Captain Marvel. At one point, Black Widow was a KGB agent before joining Nick Fury and the Avengers.

It's unclear if the movie will take place as she turns from an enemy KGB spy to SHIELD operative, but that seems like a great place to start. It would also give the movie a very distinct character arc to follow, as Natasha has put it herself, she "has a lot of red in her ledger."

Don't be surprised to see key MCU cameos either from Nick Fury or more characters. He was, after all, the one who took her in at SHIELD.

Its place in the MCU

This is hard to answer as we have very few details regarding to the timeframe of the Black Widow movie. The only thing we can go on is the fact that it will be an origin story. That means it'll either take place in the late 1990s or the 2000s.

That could give it a Captain Marvel variance, playing up the origin story of SHIELD and the Avengers. The latter might be more prominent in this movie as Black Widow becomes a member of the original Avengers.