Have you heard that there is going to be a standalone movie based on the Marvel Studios’ character Black Widow?

Ah. I thought so. You’d have had to be hiding under rock not to know that!

The Black Widow movie was first announced in an interview on February 12, 2014 by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige. Between that date and 2019, many people of many ranks in the process said they would love to see such a movie made, love to star in the movie, love to write the movie, and/or love to direct the movie. People attached to the project at various times include: Joss Whedon, Nocole Perlman, Neil Marshall, Jac Schaeffer, Stan Lee, Taika Waititi, Ned Benson, the Brothers Russo, Clark Gregg and a list of actual possible directors too long to list here.

Filming began in May 28, 2019. The finished film was supposed to premiere on May 1, 2020, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the date was pushed back to November 6, 2020. Because of the problems Mulan had as an offering on streaming video, and theaters not being open yet, that date went out the window, too.

Black Widow (Source: Marvel Studios)

With so much water under the proverbial bridge — seven years, depending on your calendar — all of you readers should pretty much know everything about the film, so let’s just cut to the chase and do a little quiz:

The Quiz

  1. 1. Natasha Romanoff’s sister figure (and possible future standard bearer) in the film is named:
    • [ ] Yelena
    • [ ] Helena
    • [ ] Kornikova
    • [ ] Shirley
  2. 2. During the film, Romanoff returns to her former homeland, which is named?
    1. [ ] Latveria
    1. [ ] Russia
    1. [ ] Nambia
    1. [ ] Wakanda
  3. 3. The number of black widows in the Black Widow movie is:
    1. [ ] 1
    1. [ ] 3
    1. [ ] 10
    1. [ ] Every female in the film is a Black Widow
  4. 4. The name of the bad guy in the movie is:
    1. [ ] Stairmaster
    1. [ ] Taskmaster
    1. [ ] Bolivar Trask
    1. [ ] Master Blaster
  5. 5. David Harbour, of Stranger Things fame, plays what father figure character in the movie?
    1. [ ] Red Skelton
    1. [ ] Red Ronin
    1. [ ] Red Sonja
    1. [ ] Red Guardian
  6. 6. This iconic Marvel character will make a cameo appearance in the film:
    1. [ ] Ned Stark
    1. [ ] Tony Stark
    1. [ ] Tony Danza
    1. [ ] Stark Ravingsmad
  7. 7. The Black Widow movie will signal the beginning of what within the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
    1. [ ] Phase 4
    1. [ ] Fantastic 4
    2. [ ] Phased & Furious
    1. [ ] The Game of Nerds Phase

Okay. Pencils down.

Now that we’ve quizzed you, readers, let’s test ol’ Cosmic Tom by having him put all the answers about the Black Widow movie into one incredibly long run-on sentence:

The Recap

Natasha Romanoff returns to Russia to reunite with Yelena, one of three black widow characters, and her father figure, Red Guardian, to beat a bad guy named Taskmaster, along the way somehow meeting up with Tony Stark in order to kick off Phase 4 of the MCU.

While it took a pandemic of super villainous proportion to delay the ongoing march of Marvel movies, Black Widow is finally, officially, on its way (we think). The premiere date is set for May 7, 2021. If that date holds, imagine Luke Cage holding back an armored train containing the rest of Marvel/Disney’s offerings. Once he gets the word that the pipeline is cleared and lets the locomotive go, that juggernaut will deliver an onslaught of content.  

All I can say is the world had better be ready with enough popcorn. The theatrical release list currently looks like this:
– Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, July 9, 2021;
– The Eternals, Nov. 5, 2021;
– Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home Sequel, Dec. 17, 2021
– Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, March 25, 2022
– Thor: Love and Thunder, May 6, 2022
– Black Panther II, July 8, 2022
– Captain Marvel 2, Nov. 11, 2022;
-Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, 2022;
– Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, TBD 2023;
– X-Men TBD, and
– Blade TBD,
– Fantastic Four TBD

And that’s only movies.

The streaming video bandwidth is also similarly choked with:
– Wanda Vision
– The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
– Loki
– What If…?
– Ms. Marvel
– Hawkeye
– Moon Knight
– She-Hulk
– The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
– Secret Invasion
– Ironheart, and
– Armor Wars


And if Phases 1, 2, and 3 are any indication, all of it will be amazingly interconnected, which is what made the MCU so darned amazing in the first place.

The Close

By all accounts, and all the trailers back me up on this, Black Widow should be an incredible action film. It should, vaccine(s) permitted, enjoy an extended run in theaters (remember them?). Considering how much the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hinges on the Multiverse, if Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Feige, and the powers that be can get it together, you might just see the current Black Widow gracing screens in your local cineplex sometime after 2021, even if it’s only as a Tony Stark-esque cameo in some other hero’s film.

To quote the late, sainted Stan Lee … “Nuff said!”

If you have an opinion about this movie, or about the impending milieu of Marvel MCU movie magic, leave me a comment in the comments section. I want to hear from you!!