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Published On: Sun, Jul 21st, 2019

SDCC: Marvel Phase 4 will start with ‘Black Widow’ in May, Taskmaster is the villain

At San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, unveiled the Phase 4 slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Comic-Con during Marvel’s panel in Hall, H. Set for release over the next two years is Black Widow, The EternalsThor 4: Love and ThunderShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Black Widow is definitely happening and will star Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz.

Cate Shortland will direct the movie, which is set to hit theaters May 1, 2020.

The movie will take place shortly after Captain America: Civil War,  but has ties to the earlier days of Widow, according to Harbour speaking with IGN, making it a prequel to the more recent Avengers films.

Currently filming in London, Black Widow is “a mature step” in Marvel’s growing universe, Johansson tells USA TODAY. “Even though there’s a lot of different elements in some facets of the character to explore, I was happy with the work that I did. The only reason to do this film is really to elevate the genre in a way. It feels like the right time.”

Later she added: “I definitely feel like the film that we’re making right now and this incarnation of Natasha, in all of her sort of strength and her vulnerability and the strengths she finds in her own vulnerability, is something that I don’t think I could have done 10 years ago,” Johansson said.

Fans in Hall H got a glimpse at some footage, the spy espionage tale, giving Widow and origin story with a glimpse at the ballet company/Black Widow program that trained Russian girls to be super-assassins, fight between Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff and her “sister” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) that involves guns, knives and a shower curtain, and a throwdown between Natasha and the Taskmaster. (Check out some set photos which leaked this news)

The first concept art featuring a fight between Black Widow and Taskmaster is below.

“It’s a remarkable, unique story,” Feige says of Widow. “People think they know everything there is to know about the Black Widow. I promise you they do not. We tapped into a period in her life that we’ve never explored before and how that affects her going forward.”

On the action in the footage, Pugh said those fights with Johansson have been “just amazing moments that I’ll think back to for the rest of my life,” admitting that her favorite Yelena character quirk is “how she does two ponytails instead of one.”

Rachel Weisz’s Melina is quite formidable herself. “No shower curtains but l have ‘Widow Bites’ and lots of action scenes,” she said.

Black Widow centers around “three really complicated, powerful but vulnerable female characters. I can’t think of any action movie that is like that,” Weisz added. “So I would say it’s completely new.”

Harbour plays Alexei, aka Red Guardian, the Soviets’ answer to Captain America developed during the Cold War and he said: “In your cliche mind, you go like, ‘Oh this is what it’s going to be. ‘And it’s like, ‘No, it’s surprise, surprise, surprise.’ He will surprise you.”

Mason is played by Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), is a “fixer” of sorts with “the ability to get things for spies and superheroes who might find it hard to get otherwise,” said the British actor. He also teases an “interesting romantic conflict” between Mason and Natasha: “Sometimes you want things that aren’t practical, and your heart and the nature of your life doesn’t necessarily coalesce to provide that kind of connection.”

Full schedule:

  • May 1, 2020: Black Widow
  • Fall, 2020: Falcon and Winter Soldier  Disney Plus series MORE HERE
  • Nov. 6, 2020: The Eternals movie Details, including cast HERE
  • Feb. 12, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings     Read cast and details
  • Spring, 2021: WandaVision Disney Plus series     Get the low down HERE
  • May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Spring, 2021: Loki Disney Plus series       Hiddleston will be back, more HERE
  • Summer, 2021: What If…? Disney Plus series     This animated show will have an all-star cast
  • Fall, 2021: Hawkeye Disney Plus series   Clint mentors Kate Bishop
  • Nov. 5, 2021: Thor 4: Love and Thunder  You’ve heard right: LADY THOR!

‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ add Daniel Bruhl, Emily Van Camp

 

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