Black Widow first poster unveiled; New D23 Expo footage sees Scarlett Johansson go head-to-head with Florence Pugh

Prahlad Srihari

Aug 26, 2019 08:04:15 IST

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with the long-overdue Black Widow and Marvel chief Kevin Feige debuted new footage from the upcoming film for fans at the D23 Expo in Anaheim on Saturday. The official D23 poster for the film, designed and painted by Andy Park, Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development, was unveiled the following day at the Disney fan event.

The standalone Black Widow movie sees Scarlett Johansson reload for another hard-hitting round of brilliantly choreographed action sequences as she reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff.

 Black Widow first poster unveiled; New D23 Expo footage sees Scarlett Johansson go head-to-head with Florence Pugh

Kevin Feige speaks about the upcoming Black Widow film at D23 Expo | The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA

The footage begins with a look back at Black Widow's previous MCU appearances, before the action cuts to Budapest. Whatever happened in the city must have been a key element to her backstory. If you remember, in The Avengers, Black Widow tells Hawkeye “It’s like Budapest all over again.” And Hawkeye responds “You and I remember Budapest very differently.”

The first half of the clip was what was already shown last month at San Diego Comic Con. We see her go all Jason Bourne, engaging in bone-crunching close-quarters combat, before she channels her Ethan Hunt, riding a bike through the streets of the Hungarian capital.

It introduces us to Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, who is seemingly waiting in an apartment for Nat. "You just had to come to Budapest, didn't you?" Nat asks rhetorically.

Black Widow official D23 poster| Andy Park

Black Widow official D23 poster| Andy Park

It doesn't take long for it to turn into an altercation as they go head-to-head in a bloody smackdown in the kitchen, reminiscent of The Bride and Vernita Green's duel in Kill Bill. They try to best each other in this theatre of pain, using whatever instrument available — from a gun to kitchen knife to plates — to kill each other. “Are we going to talk like grown-ups?” Nat asks. “Is that what we are?” quick comes the reply from Yelena.

They seem equals in every way and try to strangle each other with a curtain. The scene then cuts to a shot of the both them pouring out drinks. "It's good to see you too, sis," says Nat.

They reunite with David Harbour's Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz's Melina Vostokoff, and soon, they're like a "family, back together again," as he suggests. We then see a montage of action sequences, involving guns, car chases, Nat's signature leg scissor takedowns and plenty of ass-whooping. We also see her come face to face with the film's chief antagonist — Taskmaster.

Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova comments on Black Widow's signature pose in the footage | Marvel

Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova comments on Black Widow's signature pose in the footage | Marvel

The footage concludes with Yelena calling out Black Widow on her signature superhero pose. “Why are you always doing that thing while you’re fighting? The pose. The fighting pose. You’re a total poser,” she remarks jokingly.

Johansson, Pugh and Harbour were unable to attend the D23 panel because they're still busy shooting in London. But they sent a quirky video message apologising for their absence.

Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow is the first film in Phase 4 of MCU. The film arrives in theaters on 1 May, 2020.

Updated Date: Sep 02, 2019 12:31:09 IST