Throughout the MCU, Marvel Studios has played with established genres and added superhero elements to them – political thrillers with the later Captain America movies, space operas with the Guardians films, and heist movies with Ant-Man. But now, with Black Widow, the first film in the upcoming Phase 4, it looks like we’re getting the most grounded MCU movie yet, an espionage thriller high on hard-hitting brawls and governmental paranoia based around Scarlett Johansson’s Russian operative Natasha Romanoff. The long-awaited first trailer has finally arrived – watch it below.
There’s plenty to take in here – first it’s a trip through Black Widow’s MCU appearances so far in the likes of the first Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That we see nothing from Infinity War or Endgame perhaps lends credence to reports that this one is at least partly set in the gap between Civil War and Infinity War. Either way, what follows feels more akin to a Bourne movie – Romanoff looking paranoid in European train stations, clutching handfuls of ID cards, and engaging in punchy fight scenes in battered-up apartments, the latter of which brings in Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, who Romanoff calls “sis”.