Even though the upcoming Black Widow film is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has claimed the movie will enhance the viewing experience of Infinity War and Endgame by shining “new light” on the actions of Black Widow.
“We had this thought of exploring a little bit of her past that we hadn’t seen before and how that impacts the adventure she had between Civil War and Infinity War,” Feige told IGN. “And in fact, there are things that she does in Infinity War and Endgame that you’ll see in a new light once you see the Black Widow.”
Feige further discussed when the decision was made to place the events of Black Widow between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
“It was about four years ago as we were working on Infinity War and Endgame at the same time, we knew that we wanted to bring her story to a conclusion in the most heroic way possible in Endgame, but also that we wanted to explore a part of her life that we hadn’t seen before,” Feige said. “It occurred to us that we had seen her adventures in the Avengers movies, but a lot of stuff happened in between those movies that we never saw, we didn’t hear about, we didn’t learn about. And [with] that, we wanted to do a movie with Scarlett Johansson because she is Natasha Romanoff and not do a story with a younger Black Widow for the whole film.”
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Black Widow is being directed by Cate Shortland (Lore) and sees Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff alongside Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family) as Yelena Belova, O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason, David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina Vostokoff/Iron Maiden, and Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Olivier Richters (The King’s Man) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.