Spies Like Us…
With the announcement that No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond franchise, will feature Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) in the role of 007, another gender hurdle is checked off the cinematic tick list. Though a milestone for the iconic Ian Fleming character it’s not as though the female driven spy movie has been stagnant. Atomic Blonde, Red Sparrow, Hanna are just a couple of recent additions to the genre that includes classics like Le Femme Nikita. So it’s a great pleasure to note that one our favorite Marvel Comics heroines Black Widow will finally be featured in her own movie this coming spring.
Honestly it’s been a head scratcher why it took this long. Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of Black Widow has been a linchpin character throughout the sprawling Avengers saga and can also be argued to be the link between the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Netflix’ street level defenders (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist) as well as the ABC Network’s Peggy Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series.
The Family That Slays Together…
We’re glad to see fan fave Winter Soldier will be in the mix, and look forward to what kind of mayhem Taskmaster and Crossbones can throw at Natasha Romanoff’s dysfunctional family of super spies. The first trailer suggests the kind of over-the-top action tempered with rye humor we’ve so come to enjoy.
Black Widow’s exploits take place in the timeline between Captain America: Civil Wars & Avengers: Infinity War, a smart move that allows Disney to flesh out Marvel characters across the brand’s long and illustrious history. With the recent launch of the Disney+ streaming service the possibilities are endless.
Twitchy Trigger Figures…
To herald the film’s May 1, 2020 release, Hasbro Toys just announced their Marvel Legends wave of Black Widow movie based action figures.
The 6 inch articulated collectibles come equipped with a selection of character specific weapons and additional hands. The display boxed Red Guardian, Winter Soldier, Yelena Belova, Crossbones, Spymaster and Black Widow herself each contain a “Build-A-Figure” component to complete the massive Crimson Dynamo.
Pre-orders of the Black Widow Series wave and other Hasbro collectibles can be placed at Hasbro Pulse.