It’s safe to say that Black Widow has been a long time coming. Originally set for release in May 2020, the effects of the global pandemic shifted the Marvel film not once, not twice, but three times, with a finalized release happening on July 9, 2021.
Following Scarlett Johansson’s, Natasha Romanoff, the eponymous Black Widow, the next installment in Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe tells the action-packed adventures of Natasha’s past. Black Widow is hotly anticipated but that hasn’t stopped one other Marvel actor from absolutely trashing the upcoming movie. Yikes.
Signaling to many the return of big blockbuster movies from big Hollywood studios, Black Widow‘s summer release not only highlights the arrival of the MCU’s Phase 4 in theaters but also sees Marvel fans returning to said theaters after a prolonged delay — the last MCU outing was Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) which wrapped up the Phase 3 slate.
For context, Marvel describes Black Widow as:
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. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
It will be interesting to see how Marvel manages Black Widow’s existence within the greater MCU. We know that the solo spy thriller should have launched Phase 4 for the Marvel Studio, but because of its extended setbacks, fans were instead treated to three Disney+ Originals. WandaVision released in January, followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and now Loki. And that’s not to mention how her emotional death in Avengers: Endgame (2019) will play into the new Marvel film.
Intriguingly, one surprising character in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier should have appeared first in Black Widow — how this affected the storytelling overall is anyone’s guess, but it just goes to show that the team at Marvel Studios are very good at what they do, even when facing an industry-altering global pandemic.
Not only will Johansson reprise her role as the fan-favorite Avenger, but Black Widow welcomes new characters into the MCU like Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour), and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz). The movie will also introduce the villain, Taskmaster, but to who is playing the mercenary no one knows.
It is all sounding very positive over at the Black Widow camp. A revival of sorts from Johansson’s Natasha, new characters, and an exciting thriller story that looks more James Bond than Marvel — Black Widow looks set to dominate the summer box office.
Well, one person just brought down the mood in a big way. And what makes it more shocking, is the actor already has ties to Marvel — albeit from a long time ago.
Speaking to The Independent, actor Stephen Druff — who played the villain Deacon Frost in Blade (1998) — has issued a scathing statement of the newest Marvel movie, along with concerns for its star, Scarlett Johansson.
Druff began with a no holds barred attack on the entertainment industry.
“My business is becoming a big game show. You have actors that don’t have a clue what they’re doing. You have filmmakers that don’t have a clue what they’re doing. We’re all in these little boxes on these streamers.
The Blade actor then delivered a seemingly impassioned speech about Marvel’s next cinematic outing.
“I still hunt out the good [stuff] because I don’t want to be in Black Widow,” he says. “It looks like garbage to me. It looks like a bad video game. I’m embarrassed for those people. I’m embarrassed for Scarlett! I’m sure she got paid five, seven million bucks, but I’m embarrassed for her. I don’t want to be in those movies. I really don’t. I’ll find that kid director that’s gonna be the next Kubrick and I’ll act for him instead.”
It’s very clear from Dorff’s sentiments here that he is not a fan of the big blockbuster corporation that is Marvel Studios or to go deeper, the superhero genre in general. The actor’s comments on finding a new “Kubrick” point to the idea that he intends to steer clear of anything remotely mainstream too, which means an appearance in the MCU’s version of Blade is likely out of the picture.
Marvel’s reboot of Blade — which is yet to get an official release date — sees Mahershala Ali in the title role that Wesley Snipes made famous on the big screen. Aside from Ali’s casting, little is known about the vampire-centric Marvel film. Although signs point to it getting a Halloween 2023 release.
Black Widow releases July 9 in theaters and via Premier Access on Disney+. It will be made available for all streaming service users in October.
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