Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff in the 1st trailer for Black Widow

Not even death will stop Black Widow from finally getting her own movie.

Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff in the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Widow released Tuesday, which shows off a spy thriller set prior to the events of Avengers: Endgame. Though not an origin story, the film looks set to reveal more about Natasha’s past than previously known, including through the introduction of a sister figure played by Florence Pugh. The trailer also reveals two other characters from Natasha’s past: Red Guardian, played by David Harbour, and Melina, played by Rachel Weisz.

Natasha was one of the Avengers who didn’t make it out of Avengers: Endgame alive, so Black Widow takes place a few years earlier, after Captain America: Civil War but before Avengers: Infinity War. But the teaser does acknowledge Endgame by opening with part of an emotional monologue Natasha delivered in that film, which ends with a new line: “Nothing lasts forever.”

Following the conclusion of Endgame and the epilogue of Spider-Man: Far From HomeBlack Widow is considered the official first film of Marvel’s “phase four,” which will also include Doctor StrangeSpider-Man, and Thor sequels, as well as films based on new properties, The Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the former movie following Black Widow in November 2020.

Watch the first glimpse at Marvel’s next chapter in the Black Widow trailer below. The film hits theaters on May 1. Brendan Morrow

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