New ‘Black Widow’ Character Posters Showcase Taskmaster, The Agent, Red Guardian, & More

The dry spell is almost over, True Believers. Black Widow arrives this July in both theaters and Disney+, making this the first Marvel Studios film we’ve had on the big screen since July 2019!!! Ahead of the anticipated released, Marvel has dropped a series of character posters featuring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, perhaps for the final time, along with the other key players.

My major interest in Black Widow continues to be in the supporting cast since some of them may have an important role in the MCU. Chief among them is Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Natasha’s “sister” who is also trained as a spy in Russia’s Red Room. She’s expected to return in the upcoming Hawkeye series, which should make for an interesting encounter with Clint Barton. We also see Rachel Weisz as Melina, who is wearing the exact same outfit as Natasha, which gives me the impression she is her direct predecessor as Black Widow. David Harbour still looks awesome to me as Red Guardian, the combat-mimicking villain Taskmater, and O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason aka The Agent. I’m hoping he gets a long run in the MCU, as well. Mason’s a cool, underseen character.

Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow opens on July 9th.



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