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When is Black Widow coming out? Release date, leaks, cast, more

Published: 8/Nov/2020 17:26

by Emma Soteriou

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New images from behind the scenes of Black Widow have been leaked, giving fans a glimpse of what’s in store. Here’s everything we know about the movie so far.

Having been a part of The Avengers, fans have eagerly awaited a solo film for Black Widow since 2012. Flash forward eight years and the wait is still ongoing, with the movie facing multiple delays because of the current crisis.

Still, there’s plenty to get excited about, with new content being shared and details being announced in the lead up to the movie’s release.

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow
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Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow

When will Black Widow be released?

Though originally intended for a May 2020 release, the ongoing health crisis has seen the movie pushed back twice. It is now expected to be released in theaters on May 7, 2021, unless further delays hold it up again.

In an interview with Marie Curie, Scarlett Johansson spoke about the movie’s delay. “We’re all eager to get the movie out, but more important than anything, everybody wants the experience to feel safe…” she said.

Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow
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Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow

What has been leaked?

As the movie has already seen two delays, a lot of information has already been made available to fans.

It’s merchandise for the upcoming movie that has revealed the most, including extra behind-the-scenes images, as shown in Marvel’s Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book.

The book is only available in the US and Canada at the moment, so fans have been sharing a look at some of these images on Twitter.

There is also a closer look at Taskmaster, who will be the villain in the movie.

In the book, Johansson explained that Natasha isn’t Taskmaster’s main target: “She doesn’t know if this is someone from her past or a faceless foe.”

Who will be starring in Black Widow?

Florence Pugh and Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow
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Florence Pugh and Scarlett Johansson as Yelena and Natasha in Black Widow

Johansson will once again be reprising her role as Natasha Maximoff, for what is likely to be the last time. She will be joined by Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, and David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov.

The Handmade’s Tale star,  O-T Fagbenle, will also be in the movie, playing Rick Mason. He will play a former love interest of Romanoff’s, with them both having worked at Shield together.

A cameo from Robert Downey Jr is also expected, but this will probably be taken from extra footage filmed during Captain America: Civil War.

What will happen?

If there’s one question that every Marvel fan has been asking, it’s: “What happened in Budapest?”

Well, it looks like the answer to this is soon to be revealed. Black Widow will be set after the events of Civil War and is expected to explain what exactly happened in Budapest, among other things.

This was also confirmed in the official movie book, whereby Johansson explained more on the joke. “We thought that if we don’t go back to Budapest and find out what really happened there, people will feel unsatisfied,” she said.

“Black Widow is not about what happened in Budapest, but it’s a huge jumping-off point for us to understand the heaviness of Natasha’s burden.”

As shown in the teasers released, there are not only shots of Budapest but also flashbacks to Romanoff’s past, including the Red Room. This insight into the character will also introduce her ‘family’.

The group is set to reunite to take on the unknown Taskmaster, as Romanoff decides to face up to her darker past.

Florence Pugh has said the storyline is ‘horrifying’ in her eyes: “It’s about women that have been, essentially, abused and trained up to be killing machines.”

In an interview with Empire, the director, Cate Shortland, said Johansson will ‘hand the baton’ to Pugh, as her character, Yelena, takes over the Black Widow mantle in the MCU.

With what is hopefully a final date in sight, anticipation is once again rising among fans as they look forward to Black Widow’s final outing in May 2021.

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The Mandalorian director reveals why he wanted more Baby Yoda in show

Published: 25/Nov/2020 19:08

by Emma Soteriou

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Baby Yoda was used to balance out the action-packed Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, according to one of the show’s directors.

The Mandalorian’s Carl Weathers didn’t make it a secret that he would be directing Chapter 12 of the show, sharing his excitement with fans online.

Now the episode has aired, the actor has spoken out about what it was like directing and starring in ‘The Siege’.

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Baby Yoda is a firm fan-favorite

Why The Mandalorian needs more Baby Yoda

Having only hit the screen in 2019, Baby Yoda has quickly become one of the most popular Star Wars characters to date, so why not use that to your advantage?

Well, Weathers did exactly that. In a conversation with Empire on their Spoiler Special Podcast, the actor said: “When I read the script, one of my comments was to ask John to put more of the Baby in there.”

Though no one could complain about more Baby Yoda content, there was a valid reason for Weathers making this decision, which he went on to explain.

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Mando united with some old friends for a mission

“The journey that we’re on is fraught with danger and is very action-oriented, and there’s a lot of weapons-fire and bad guys going down and chases and all that good stuff…” he said.

“But there’s also the Baby. This gentler, softer, sweeter side that comes out of everyone who interacts with him. And that to me was just a wonderful balance.”

Though fans may not directly notice the difference when watching the episode, Baby Yoda’s presence breaks up what could otherwise be a very heavy chapter with big revelations.

Speaking about the challenges in creating the episode, Weathers also addressed the bomb that was dropped half way through: “The challenge for me as a director – and I’m certain the challenge for Jon as a writer-producer – was keeping people engaged, wanting to know what’s going to happen next.

“And when you find out what’s really involved here, you finally get to, ‘Oh man, this thing is much bigger than we thought.’”

That’s definitely how we felt watching Chapter 12 unfold. New episodes of The Mandalorian are available to stream on Disney Plus every Friday.