The film — which is a prequel that takes place after “Captain America: Civil War” — will feature Romanoff heading home to find her sister, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), to save other women who have been controlled and trained to be spies.
During a recent Marvel press conference, Scarlett Johansson (Romanoff) said the film reveals a lot about her character that we didn’t know before. We knew her as a guarded, quiet superhero with a few one-liners toward the Avengers.
She said she hopes people remember Natasha for being endearing and admitting when she’s wrong about things.
“She’s curious about herself and curious about other people. I think it makes her stand out,” Johansson said.
Johansson said this is the first time Natasha has felt alone in a long time after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” — when the Avengers split up. Some Avengers get arrested, while others decided to side with the government to help defeat enemies.
Natasha has always felt a part of something until this film, which feeds into what she experiences in “Black Widow.”
“She’s always been a part of something that was a part of a greater role, and then suddenly she finds herself sort of floating in this weird in-between space and she’s off her game,” she said. “And she realizes that she’s got all this possibility in front of her and it’s really suffocating.”
“She’s just full of doubt,” she added. “And that leaves a lot of openings for stuff to kind of creep in.”
Reuniting with her sister — and her family, like Melina (Rachel Weisz) and Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour) — gives Natasha “fire” that she hasn’t had before, Johansson said.
“It’s great to see her like that. We never get to see her like that,” she said.
“Black Widow” opens in theaters and debuts on Disney+ through Premier Access on July 9.