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‘Black Widow’ trailer: Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh face off

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Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, in Marvel’s “Black Widow.”
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Black Widow is finally getting her own MCU movie. But its new trailer opens like another “Avengers” installment.

Marvel dropped the first teaser Monday for “Black Widow,” starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in the studio’s first female-driven solo adventure since “Captain Marvel.” The beginning of the trailer plays more like an ensemble flick, though, as flashbacks featuring Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury haunt Natasha’s memory.

“I used to have nothing,” her voice plays over the MCU montage. “Then I got this job — this family. But nothing lasts forever.”

The remainder of the footage focuses on its main heroine, joined by some new faces poised to make their Marvel debuts. The spinoff follows Natasha back to her spy roots, trading her Avengers family with her Russian family of sorts — played by “Midsommar” breakout Florence Pugh, “Stranger Things” star David Harbour and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz — for a mysterious quest.

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“We have unfinished business,” Natasha says after an intense faceoff with Pugh’s Yelena Belova. “We have to go back to where it all started. One thing’s for sure. It’s going to be a hell of a reunion.”

“Black Widow” is the first Marvel movie to center on Johansson’s character, though the actress recently told The Times that the project has been in development for about as long as she’s been in the MCU.

“It’s something that we’ve talked about for probably eight years or something like that,” she said at Comic-Con earlier this year. “I don’t know why it’s taken so long. It’s happening at the right time for me, though, so that may be part of it.”

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The film is just one of several Johansson vehicles to hit screens during what has been a busy time for the industry veteran. She also stars in two 2020 Oscar hopefuls, “Jojo Rabbit” and “Marriage Story.”

“Black Widow” will explore how Natasha came to be a sharp-witted, scene-stealing assassin, set before the events of “Avengers: Infinity War.” The highly anticipated prequel, directed by Cate Shortland, hits theaters May 1.


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