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Super-Analyzing the ‘Black Widow’ Special Look trailer

By: Ruel S. De Vera

Ever since Scarlett Johansson first appeared as Natasha Romanoff in “Iron Man 2” back in 2010, fans have been clamoring for Marvel to make a solo “Black Widow” movie, a push that only got stronger after the character appeared as part of the Avengers super team in 2012’s “The Avengers.” The “Black Widow” movie has been development for so long that Marvel Studios already got a movie with a heroine’s name in the title (2017’s “Ant-Man & The Wasp”) and a movie with a solo female lead, period (2019’s “Captain Marvel” with Brie Larson in the title role).

Despite sacrificing herself in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” Black Widow remains arguably the most prominent female hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so the announcement that “Black Widow” would be coming this year as the first movie in the MCU’s Phase Four was welcomed by fans.

“Black Widow” dropped its teaser trailer late last year. Watch it here:

But last week, Marvel unveiled the new “Black Widow” Special Look trailer:

The teaser had a lot of shots from Johansson’s Black Widow scenes from previous films. The Special Look trailer features footage exclusively from the new movie.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” opens in the Philippines on April 29, earlier than its American opening of May 1.

Super now breaks down the Special Look trailer and delivers all the Easter Eggs you can spy.

Breakdown:

Natasha is shown walking around furtively in Morocco, entering a building where she picks up her gun as part of a secret stash. We hear a female voice: “Natasha, my sister, after all this time, what brings you home?”
 We see Natasha is wearing her red “Civil War” hair, and find out she is talking to Yelena Belova, played by Florence Pugh.

Then we see armed SWAT troopers entering the building and breaking down the door.

Natasha: “I’m on the run.”

We get shots of Natasha walking the streets warily and then on a rooftop cocking a sniper rifle.

Natasha: “I was trying to do something good. Be more than just a trained killer.” This cuts to apparently Yelena’s hand picking up a different pistol on a shelf full of a LOT of loaded pistol magazines.

Yelena then walks out of the room to keep talking to Natasha.

Yelena: “You’re fooling yourself. “We’re both still trained killers.” There are quick cuts of Natasha running, shooting two pistols, but she’s wearing her signature catsuit here, so that’s clearly from a different scene.

There is text: “This May.”

Then we get both Natasha and Yelena riding a bike as they are pursued by two men also on bikes. This is in Budapest.

Natasha: “We have unfinished business.”

We now cut to a snowy mountaintop as Natasha, dressed in a white suit, drops from a helicopter to a walkway. This is in Norway.

Yelena: “Who is we?”

We get our first look at David Harbour playing Alexei Shoskatov, the Red Guardian, first in a portrait then throwing around some soldiers.

Then we see, dressed, in the same white, Melina Vostokoff, played by Rachel Weisz, taking down another soldier.

Alexei is then shown exulting as he is wearing his Red Guardian costume.

Alexei: “Yeah, still fits, hmm?”

He is standing in a room where Natasha, Yelena and Melina are sitting at a dinner table. Alexei sits down.

Alexei: “Family. Back together again.” They look at each other warmly.

Melina: “You got fat.”

Alexei: “It’s just water weight.”

This is followed by a hellacious car chase, with cars being rammed and blown up by an armored vehicle. On the vehicle is a hooded, skull-masked character with a bow. This is the movie’s main antagonist, the Taskmaster.

Natasha: “There’s a new world of Widows.” Cutting to shots of several women in the black catsuits walking in slow motion, then pointing their rifles, jumping off buildings to a spire.

Natasha: “New enemies.”

The Taskmaster jumps into hand-to-hand combat with Natasha.

Natasha: “I’m done running from my past.”

Natasha is fighting with the Taskmaster who uses a shield against her bullets.

We get what appears to be the biggest action set piece in the movie with Natasha flying from a high location amid some falling debris as the Taskmaster is firing a rifle at her; both look like they’re free-falling from a plane.

Alexei is the one now shown fighting with the Taskmaster.

Natasha now knocks some other Black Widows unconscious with her Black Widow’s Bite (bracelet tasers). Yelena is running from an explosion and Melina is in a helicopter as it appears to be crashing.

Back to the battle with the Taskmaster with Taskmaster being able to catch each one of Natasha’s bullets with the shield, and then landing and looking up, recovering, exactly as her as Natasha again looks on in amazement.

Natasha to Yelena: “Who the hell is that guy?”

Then we get the animated silhouette of Natasha walking down a corridor before we get the movie logo.


Super-Nerdy—and spoilery— stuff:

The movie is directed by Cate Shortland, who previously directed “Somersault,” Lore” and “Berlin Syndrome.” The movie occurs between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Natasha has betrayed Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) during the first film, which explains the “on the run” part, and is still on the run when she appears in the second film.

Her hair has changed from the red in the first film to the blonde in the second, with fans speculating it has something to do with Yelena’s blonde hair.

The current hottest fan rumor is that Downey will be appearing in the “Black Widow” movie, something that could be possible since Stark is still alive at that point.

Created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck, Black Widow first appeared as an Iron Man antagonist in “Tales of Suspense” # 52 in 1964 as a Russian spy. Natasha Romanova was trained to be a super spy by the KGB in the Red Room, battling the Avengers. Like the Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye before her, Black Widow went from villain to heroine, joining the Avengers.

Johansson is probably best known for this part despite her incredible general popularity as an actress and the number of movies she’s already made. This is her whopping eighth time to play the part.

In the comic books, she and Hawkeye would be lovers, but in the MCU she and Clint Barton are long-time comrades. Black Widow worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. and has been brainwashed, killed and resurrected several times. She’s also had some very good solo series.

The setting of Budepest is important as Natasha and Clint had previously talked about a past mission in Budapest in “Avengers.”

In the comics, Yelena Belova takes on the Black Widow mantle after Romanoff is apparently killed or when the Russians decide they want their own Black Widow. She has been both hero and villain, alive and dead, at different times, but is usually shown as being envious of Natasha’s exploits.

Marvel eventually worked it out that “Black Widow” was the title of the Red Room’s best operative, thus it gets passed down from one agent to another. In the movie, the Black Widows are an entire squad from the Red Room; both Yelena and Melina are Black Widows.

From her appearance in “Avengers,” it is clear she’s trying to redeem herself, to erase “the red from my ledger.” This need to make amends apparently includes stopping the Red Room without killing other Black Widows, as shown by the footage of her fighting the other Widows through non-lethal means.

Pugh previous appeared in “Midsommar” and in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.”

Melina Vostokoff is the name of another Iron Man villain, the Iron Maiden. Weisz is of course one of the world’s greatest actresses, a previous Manila visitor while shooting “The Bourne Legacy.”

These three women are all Oscar nominees; Johansson alone has two noms this year for “Marriage Story” and “Jojo Rabbit.”

The Red Guardian is the name of Russian’s version of Captain America, which also explains the costume’s similarities with Captain America’s costume.

It has been pointed out that it is ironic that Harbour is playing a Russian named Alexei here, as he spent much of “Stranger Things” season 2 complaining about a Russian named Alexei. “Black Widow” is not Harbour’s first comic book-related movie foray: He played the titular role in the 2018 “Hellboy” reboot.

This bring us to the most interesting part of the trailer: The villain. The Taskmater is a classic Avengers bad guy from 1980, with a great skill set. He can copy the skills of anyone he sees. Thus after seeing Captain America throw his shield and Hawkeye shoot some arrows, he can do exactly the same thing. This explains why he can be shown in the trailer using a bow from the armored car and then using a shield against Natasha. This also explains why he can match Natasha move for move, something that clearly befuddles Natasha. The Taskmaster has a skull mask and hood. Check out the colorful original design here:

The movie uses a modernized version of it, and you can see the shield even has what looks like a stylized version of the “T” in the trailer:

The big speculation about the film is that Taskmaster may be female, leading many to suspect it could be Yelena but good money is that it’s Melina.

Whoever it is, we’re all psyched about “Black Widow” and April 29 can’t come soon enough.