Before I worked for S.H.I.E.L.D., I made mistakes, but I’m done running from my past. We have to go back to where it all started. We have unfinished business. One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a hell of a reunion.
—Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.
In theatres and on Disney+ with premiere plus on July 9th, you're going to love this installment of the Marvel franchise and learning more about Nat's backstory. In the meantime, we have some fun facts about the making of Marvel's Black Widow movie.
Fun Facts about Black Widow
Nat's backstory was created with the help of a Russian historian
Director Cate Shortland worked with a Russian historian in London to build a history of where she would’ve been born, what her mother would’ve been like, why her mother would’ve given her up, and what her childhood would’ve been like before she went into the Red Room.
From there, they created a whole narrative that fit within the narrative of the film: how she would’ve been trained to be an American girl, to speak English, and understand popular culture. “I always try to build characters from their skeleton to create real people. Even though this is about a Super Hero, I went through the same process. Black Widow is a femme fatale, but what is she underneath that?” Shortland said.
Natasha Romanoff has appeared in 7 previous Marvel films
Including her 2010 introduction in Iron Man 2, Natasha Romanoff has appeared in 6 additional Marvel movies:
- Marvel’s The Avengers
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Avengers: Endgame
Natasha's most important scene isn't in Iron Man 2
“We introduced Natasha Romanoff to our audience in Iron Man 2,” says executive producer Victoria Alonso. “For me, however, the most important scene for her was in The Avengers when she fights these Russians in a warehouse while wearing a dress. She walks away and picks up her high heels like an ultimate badass. In this movie, we go back to when she was about 12 years old. Little by little, we start peeling back the layers.”
Mason is a new character created for Black Widow
Mason—a former soldier-turned-international smuggler who’s paying a debt to Natasha Romanoff after she rescued him from a Cambodian prison—is an entirely new character to the MCU created just for this movie.
“He is basically a fixer in our movie. We needed someone who could be charming, strong, and intelligent and be on the same playing field as Natasha. O-T Fagbenle is just that—he is an incredible actor,” says co-producer Brian Chapek.
“When we meet Natasha and Mason, we realize that they have this rapport—even though they have not seen each other for many years,” says Chapek. “They have this chemistry. It was very important to Cate [Shortland] that we see someone in Natasha’s past life who understands her in a way that the Avengers might not have.
Every Marvel Movie Has a Different Tone and Black Widow is No Different
“In every Marvel movie, we try to bring a different tone, a different genre, a different idea to the table—something that we haven’t seen before, which lets us make wild swings between something like Captain America: Winter Soldier to Thor: Ragnarok, says executive producer Brad Winderbaum. “We are always searching for something new, and with Black Widow we unveil a whole aspect of her history that’s completely unexpected.”
Black Widow Was Filmed on 3 Continents Over 87 Days
In Summer 2019, production kicked off, and shooting took place on 3 continents over 87 days. Based in Pinewood Studios just outside of London, the film was shot on location in the U.K.; Norway; Budapest, Hungary; Morocco; and Atlanta, GA.
Black Widow is the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Widow is in theatres and on Disney+ with premier access on July 9th.