‘Black Widow’ Trailer: Is Marvel’s Mega Spy Thriller in Trouble?

Published on March 9, 2020

Right now, people all over Hollywood are shaking in their boots. A lot of money is going to get lost on some major productions, starting with this month’s Mulan. Disney already has concerns for its international performance, especially because of China, but should they already be worried about how their next Marvel film, Black Widow, will perform? In two months time, more theaters may close down over the coronavirus. Only time will tell, but the movie continues to look like another solid action movie from Marvel. 

New Black Widow Trailer

With Black Widow less than two months away from theaters, expect to see Sclarett Johansson’s face anywhere and everywhere. The new trailer, however, focuses on 2019’s breakout star, Florence Pugh, known for her roles in Midsommar, Little Women, and Fighting with the Family. Pugh, without question, is one of the most exciting parts of director Cate Shortland’s Black Widow. The actress is playing Black Widow’s sister in the prequel, taking place long before the events of The Avengers

Trailer Reaction

For whatever reason, with all their resources and artists, Marvel’s trailers are never that great. They never have an exciting flow, rarely a great song, and reveal more than we need to know. Why give as many plot details away as the new trailer does? It’s not heavy on spoilers, but still, do we need to know all this before going into the action movie? 

Overall, it’s just a boring trailer. The movie looks like good fun, especially with David Harbour (Stranger Things) hamming it up and more hand-to-hand practical fights, but it’s a slow trailer. Not much excitement, especially when it becomes pure CGI action. 

Again, Black Widow looks like another Marvel movie without the most alluring aesthetic, too. With the exception of Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel movies usually lack a strong sense of color, personality, and complexity to the visuals. There’s often a sameness to the aesthetic of a Marvel movie, and unfortunately, it looks like the same might be said of Black Widow. It looks too much like another Marvel movie. 

The Better Call Saul Comparison

There’s a long history of prequels explaining things audiences don’t care or wonder about. Look no further than the Star Wars prequels as the no. 1 example. They can kill the mystery or suspense of what comes later. Audiences don’t need backstory and answers for everything. 

Marvel’s big boss and President, Kevin Feige, believes fans won’t come away from the prequel with boring answers but new insights, as he told io9:

“There’s always a method and doing things in an unexpected way is something we find fun. There are ways to do prequels that are less informative or answer questions you didn’t necessarily have, and then there are ways to do prequels where you learn all sorts of things you never knew before. I look at Better Call Saul as a wonderful example of a prequel that almost completely stands on its own apart from Breaking Bad because it informs you about so many things you didn’t know about before. So time will tell which way we’ve gone with a supposed Black Widow movie.”

Official Synopsis

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—hits U.S. theaters on May 1, 2020.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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