Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed how movies are made, and no one can say anything different. They successfully gave a whole new spin to movie franchises with origin stories and super team-ups, which bring the entire fan base to the theatres. Other studios have also tried duplicating this formula, and some of them have not been as successful. The MCU is not without its flaws, significant of the criticism has been towards them not giving two essential members of Avengers their due. Fans have been asking for Black Widow and Hawkeye standalone movies since the very first The Avenger in 2012. At that time, it did not fit in Kevin Feige’s grand scheme, which brings us to 2020, where the fans’ requests are being answered with a Black Widow standalone movie and a Hawkeye Disney+ show in the works.

The story of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is the most heartbreaking and tragic among all. Her past has been a closely guarded secret which attributes to most of her character traits. If you want a rewind of her cinematic journey, you can refer to the comic book series Black Widow Prelude. There are some shots in the movie that have been inspired by the Black Widow 12-issue series by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson. The upcoming Black Widow is set in the two years between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War when team Captain America was on the run. She decides to go back to where everything started and meets some old associates and a new foe along the way.

We know you are excited to watch Natasha get the movie she deserves, and we have five more reasons for you to be excited.

1. Her First Family

We know Natasha regards the Avengers as her family. What we didn’t know is that there was a family before that. When she makes her way to Russia, she runs into her “sister,” Yelena (Florence Pugh). Yelena feels abandoned by Natasha, and we will get to see what that leads to in the movie. She also gets reacquainted with Alexei (David Harbour), aka the Red Guardian and Melina (Rachel Weisz). From the trailers, it seems like she had a very close relationship with these characters. There is an instance where the Red Guardian refers to Melina as Natasha’s mother. While it might be a joke, we cannot be too sure until we see the movie. In a shot, we also see Melina’s mask, which resembles Iron Maiden’s, who is one of the renowned antagonists in the lore. It is also insinuated, that her first family was dusted in the first snap and that could have added to Natasha’s motivation to do whatever it takes. At a time where Marvel has already done the biggest thing possible, it will be a delight to see something as simple as the characters gathered around to share a meal.

2. The Red Room

The Red Room has been mentioned in a lot of MCU properties, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and the series Agent Carter. For those who have seen the TV series, you know the kind of training one undergoes when they are a part of this group. The soldiers are meant to be nothing more than killing machines going as far as sterilizing the girls so that they never get distracted from the mission. Natasha mentions going back to where it all started, and that means the Red Room. From what we see in the movie, the Red Room is still in operation churning out more Black Widows who might not have the moral compass Natasha does. While this might not be the conventional origin story, we are surely excited to pay this place a visit. We will now know more about the red in her ledger. We also noticed that the organization is under the lethal leadership of the Taskmaster.

3. Taskmaster

The Taskmaster in the comics has become one of the villains who could appear anywhere. He made his debut in the 1980s, and his alter ego’s name is Anthony “Tony” Masters. His superpower is that he can mimic anyone’s fighting style once he sees it, which makes him pretty much a perfect villain. In the comics, he is a mercenary who would assist any team as long as they follow his agenda. In the trailers, we can see him mimicking Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Panther’s fighting styles, which makes us wonder whether he has interacted with these heroes before and will we see those interactions in the movie. We also know that he is in charge of the red room now, which means he is in Black Widow’s way if she wants to shut down this operation for good. There is a theory online that Taskmaster was a part of the Hydra portion of SHIELD and has fought Captain America in the famous elevator fight. In one of the comics, the Taskmaster has trained Black Widow. We have to wait and watch whether that becomes a part of the movie.

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4. The old characters

With a bunch of new characters, some old ones might also make an appearance. General Thadeus Ross (William Hurt) seems to be de-aged, which suggests that the flashbacks will extend before the events of Captain America: Civil War. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man might also make an appearance. Although that is not confirmed yet, we see some footage from Iron Man 2 in the trailers, and maybe some other footage from that movie is used. Along with these characters, even Hawkeye might make an appearance because we see Budapest.

5. Budapest

It seems we might finally have some answers to what actually happened in Budapest. Hawkeye and Black Widow have shared a lot of anecdotes from that mission without giving away anything to the audience. The teaser trailer’s opening shot is in Budapest, which is what makes us hope that we will finally have some answers.

The wait has become longer

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the movie’s release has been pushed with no confirmed dates yet. The producers have confirmed that since this is a prequel, the delay in its release will not affect the other releases of Phase 4.

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