The one minute, 30-second clip was shared to the official Marvel YouTube account on Monday morning and gave fans a closer look into the origins of Natasha Romanoff, or Black Widow - the beloved character portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in a recurring role over the last decade. Who is playing him (or her) and how that person fits into the past of Black Widow, her family, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe? "We are both still trained killers".
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Romanoff proclaims shortly after in a voiceover during fiery action sequences, "I'm done running from my past" - and fans get the first glimpse of villain Taskmaster, who scarily mimics Romanoff's exact movements. Black Widow takes place out of chronological order with Marvel's other films, set before Endgame, and in between the time periods of 2016's Captain America: Civil War and 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
"Black Widow" is part of a rapidly growing slate of Marvel content in the works at Disney, including forthcoming features "The Eternals" and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", as well as Disney+ spinoff series "WandaVision" and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier". But as the first teaser indicated, Black Widow is finally pulling back the curtain on the enigmatic, complicated hero. Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) asks Romanova (Scarlett Johansson) when she suddenly shows up at her residence.
Before we saw any new footage tonight, in a BTS preview to the preview, director Cate Shortland reminded us that Natasha has a dark past.