Important Things We Noticed In The Final 'Black Widow' Trailer
Phase 4 is about to begin.
It's almost time for Phase 4 of the MCU to launch, with the release of Black Widow not far away.
For many fans, a film focusing on the Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff, is long overdue. Before the movie hits the big screen in May, let's take a look at the most important things we noticed in the final trailer.
Taskmaster Is Quite Possibly Targeting Natasha Specifically
After only brief glimpses of him in the previous trailers, we've finally been given a little more information on the film's villain, Taskmaster. According to Natasha's surrogate sister, Yelena Belova, Taskmaster is the current head of the Red Room, where Natasha, Yelena, and Melina Vostakoff were trained as Black Widows. As in the comics, Taskmaster has the power to instantly mimic any physical skill that he sees.
Across all three Black Widow trailers, Taskmaster has been seen emulating Natasha herself, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Panther, and according to some fans, Spider-Man. All characters that Natasha is either close to, or fought alongside during Civil War. This suggests that Taskmaster has been preparing to target Natasha by mimicking people she is unlikely to have recently fought against.
Thunderbolt Ross Is Back
While the character had a brief appearance in Infinity War and a cameo attending Tony Stark's funeral in Endgame, the last major appearance of Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross occurred in Civil War. Then, he served as a minor antagonist, introducing the Sokovia Accords to the Avengers and ordering the imprisonment of Team Cap following the battle at the airport.
Ross is confirmed to return in Black Widow, with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in the final trailer, but his exact role in the story is unknown. Considering that the film takes place not long after Civil War, Ross will most likely want Natasha arrested for allowing Cap and Bucky to escape.
Natasha And Yelena's Relationship Is Different To The Comics
Both the character summaries and trailers for the film give the impression of a sibling relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova. The two refer to each other as sisters, and are seen playfully bickering in the car in the final trailer.
In the comics, the relationship is much more complicated. While Yelena idolises Nat, she also hates her for being the only Red Room graduate to have achieved higher training scores than Yelena's. Most of their early meetings consist of Yelena trying to kill Natasha to prove herself the better Black Widow, while Natasha subtly mentors Yelena, hoping to spare the girl from becoming just another Red Room pawn. After Yelena steps away from the Red Room, the pair develop a more genuine friendship.
Some of this complicated relationship remains in the film, through Natasha and Yelena's sparring match in the first teaser trailer.
MCU Red Guardian Is Definitely Not Natasha's Ex.
In Marvel Comics, Alexei Shostakov, aka the Red Guardian, is Natasha Romanoff's former Husband. Natasha and Alexei both served with the KGB during the Cold War, until the KGB faked Alexei's death, secretly transforming him into the Red Guardian, Russia's answer to Captain America.
This is clearly not the case in the Black Widow film, mostly because, unlike the Comic's Black Widow, MCU Natasha ages naturally, so was not old enough to have been an active Black Widow during the Cold War. Instead, the MCU's Alexei Shostakov is a Father figure to Natasha and Yelena. Some fans speculate that he may have had a past romantic relationship with Melina, but this is unconfirmed.
Black Widow hits theatres in May. Check out the final trailer here: