BLACK WIDOW Has A New Release Date And It Shakes Up The MCU Movie Slate

Of the course the world as we know it has changed. Thanos’ snapped first got rid of then brought back half the uni…..oh that’s not what we’re talking about. Oh yeah due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 aka THE RONA. The movie release slate for 2020 has been drastically changed.

Many hoped at one point that Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW would still be able to keep its original theatrical release date of May 1, 2020 even if that meant a straight to Disney Plus release. Well not only did the date get pushed back but there also will be no straight to Disney Plus release.

Well today Disney revealed an updated release schedule for the Scarlett Johannson led movie. It also shifts the rest of the upcoming MCU theatrical release slate.

BLACK WIDOW now will take THE ETERNALS release date of November 6, 2020 and THE ETERNALS now shifts to February 12, 2021. This also moves around SHANG-CHI and THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS to May 7, 2021 as well as DOCTOR STRANGE INTO THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS on November 5, 2021.

This update slate also seemingly locks in 2022 as well for Marvel Studios, THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER goes to February 18, 2022, BLACK PANTHER 2, May 8, 2022 and CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 which originally did not have a release date is now set for a July 8, 2022 release.

Of course with the changes in these films theatrically you can bet your bottom dollar that the slate for the MCU Disney Plus series will also be altered given that they all now directly connecting to the films in a chronological order.

The First Trailer For Marvel Studio’s BLACK WIDOW Has Arrived

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After making waves from many of the reports after this years San Diego Comic Con Hall H, Marvel Studios panel about the footage that was shown from the BLACK WIDOW film. Well now that footage and more has arrived in the form of the first official teaser trailer.

Throughout it we see Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson) revisiting things in her past i.e The Red Room and even visions of different Avengers. We also see Florence Pugh as Yelena, who we find out is Natasha’s sister. We also get a full look at David Harbour as Red Guardian (the Russian equivalent to Captain America). This seems to be an amazing kickoff to Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There is so much action that you need to witness the trailer yourself.

BLACK WIDOW hits theater on May 1, 2020. Also Check out our own resident super villain, Jay Washington’s trailer reaction to the trailer…yes it’s a thing.

Phase 5 MCU Movies Now Have Release Dates

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We already knew that Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was locked and loaded. Movies such as BLACK WIDOW, DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS and THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER are already scheduled with release dates.

Today, Marvel Studios parent company, Disney set and announced release dates for five as of yet untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies. The films will be released on Oct. 7, 2022, Feb. 17, 2023, May 5, 2023,  July 28, 2023, and Nov. 3, 2023. It can be safely assumed that one of those dates will belong to BLADE starring Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali.

What do you think may be the projects to fall in these slots?

BLACK WIDOW Footage Shows Scarlett Johannson and Florence Pugh In Action

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Though only 30 days into shooting the crowd in Hall H where treated to some AMAZING early footage of Marvel Studios BLACK WIDOW film starring Scarlett Johannson and the deadly assassin turned avenger.

Johannson joined producer Kevin Feige on stage to talk about the movie. Johannson says she is excited for fans to discover if she played this character 10 years  ago it would be very different, she gets to play Natasha a full grown woman, and but she flawed.

Florence Pugh will be playing Iliana, a sister figure to Natasha. We also find out from O.T. Fagbenle that his character is a contact from Natasha’s past and the character also has feelings for the assassin.

They are 30 days into shooting and the crown is treated to some footage it is not finished footage however. It starts out with past footage with the monologue from AVENGERS ENDGAME and Budapest is mentioned. She sneaks in a room with a gun drawn then comes face to face with Florence Pugh and they draw upon each other. There is an INCREDIBLE kitchen fight scene. Natasha says that she wants to wipe out the red in her ledger and it is official the TASKMASTER will be in the film.  The footage includes another incredible fighting scene on a bridge.

BLACK WIDOW Film Adds A Powerhouse in Ray Winstone

Production is currently underway on the Cate Shortland directed BLACK WIDOW film starring Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as the spy turned Avenger. With a cast announced already that includes Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz and O.T. Fagbenle it was only a matter of time before the question of how much more star power could this movie possibly get and now it has been answered.

The prequel film has added legendary British actor Ray Winstone. Now reports are that the Sexy Beast star has joined the currently shooting production, but no details on his role are provided. Although recent character breakdowns did mention an older Government Agent that could serve as a mentor of sorts to Scarlett Johansson’s budding assassin, so that’s certainly a possibly as who he will be portraying.

BLACK WIDOW Film May Have Found Its Villain

Marvel Studios solo Black Widow is set to begin production this summer in London. With a cast that includes Scarlett Johannson reprising her role as the spy turned Avenger, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour it now seems as if we may who have found whom her villain will be.

This according to Deadline is  O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale, Breaking and Entering) . Now the report does  not mention anything about whom he will be portraying but thanks to a recent report from That Hashtag Show suggested that Marvel and director Cate Shortland were searching for a “black British actor” to play the main bad guy, so there’s a pretty good chance Fagbenle is their guy.

Academy Award Nominee Rachel Weisz In Talks To Join BLACK WIDOW Film

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It was just reported that Stranger Things star, David Harbour will being joining the Marvel Studios BLACK WIDOW film. Now it seems that another name has joined the frey and this time it is an Academy Award Nominee.

Fresh off of her nomination for THE FAVOURITE, Rachel Weisz is in early talks join Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Studios standalone movie.

Now a deal has not yet to be reached according to Variety but it’s said that talks are headed in that direction, with strong interest from both sides of negotiations.

If Weisz comes aboard along with Harbour she will be joining Florence Pugh with Cate Shortland signed on to direct and Jac Schaeffer writing the script.

Hellboy Is Joining The MCU

Florence Pugh is already suiting up for the spy action thriller.

Well maybe not Hellboy directly but its star and star of Stranger Things,  David Harbour has joined Scarlett Johansson in the solo Black Widow film according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Marvel Studios is as usual keeping everything under wraps as to whom Harbour will be portraying as well as any character description.

Stay tuned to The Mad Titan Podcast for more updates as the come along.

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY’s Florence Pugh Has Officially Been Cast In the BLACK WIDOW movie

After an amazing performance as WWE Superstar Paige, it now seems that Florence Pugh is heading from the squared circle to the MCU. Pugh has been cast as the lead opposite Scarlett Johnasson in the upcoming Black Widow film.

The details on her exact role are being kept under wraps for now but it is known that she will be playing a spy on the same skill level as Natasha Romanoff (Johansson), but won’t share her moral compass.

Pugh had been at the top of Marvel’s list since her audition in December, but they still decided to open up their casting search and had been meeting with several actresses which included Academy Award-nominee Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Academy Award winner Emma Watson (Harry Potter). However, it appears Pugh beat out both for the part.

Florence Pugh is best known for her breakout role in Fighting with My Family earlier this year although she her past credits which include The Little Drummer GirlThe Outlaw KingLady MacbethThe Commuter, and The Falling. She can be seen next in Ari Aster’s Hereditary follow-up Midsommar and Greta Gerwig’s Little Woman, where she’ll actually star alongside Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Meryl Streep.

No release date has been set as of yet.

Rumors Flying That BLACK WIDOW is Reportedly Going To Be Marvel’s FIRST Rated R Movie

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The idea of an R-rated Marvel Studios film is something that has been thrown around for a while. Especially with the acquisition of the Marvel properties from Fox (primarily Deadpool) many were wondering if this could be a possibility. Well a film that now is seemingly is the focus of these rumors is that of the future Black Widow solo film. 

Cut to this past weekend when the rumor mill began to running rampant. According to the notorious Hollywood gossip site Crazy Days and Nights its latest “Blind Item” reveal is suggesting that successful superhero studio is indeed setting up Natasha Romanov’s first solo outing as a more adult oriented feature. Of course this is indeed a gossip/rumor site and more than likely should be taken with a grain of salt. However they have been known to share some solid movie scoops in the past, so this one would be a whopper if it’s true.

Marvel Studios producer, Kevin Feige has shot down the notion of an R-rated MCU adventure in the past, but the spy thriller could definitely be the way to go. Mainly since her origin and many tales with her past are very very dark.

Again this is ALL RUMOR for now and no major announcement has been given.
Black Widow doesn’t have an official release date, but it is expected to commence production this year. Cate Shortland directs, with Scarlett Johansson confirmed to return as the lethal spy turned Avenger.