Over the weekend, Comic-Con confirmed quite a bit of Marvel news. We’re getting a new Blade movie, Kumail Nanjiani is officially eternal, and Black Widow was finally, 100% announced. Kevin Feige and co. had been pretty sparse on the pic’s details in recent months, up to and including whether or not it was even really happening in the face of photos leaked from set. Now, though, we’ve seen the logo and know roughly when it takes place, but those rascals didn’t say who the villain was.
During a red carpet chat with Variety, however, when pressed on the subject of how important Taskmaster, the assumed antagonist for the film, is to the plot, star Rachel Weisz said: “I would say of some significance,” smiling coyly while patting herself on the back for that expertly-worded sidestep of an answer.
Those lucky few who were in Hall H over the weekend actually got to see a brief glimpse of the villain, but nobody’s actually confirmed if he’s the big bad yet or even who’s playing him. As such, Weisz’s answer is the closest we’ve had to full confirmation from anyone involved in the production thus far.
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Of course, the Black Widow project has been shrouded in mystery for years, and fans have been asking for the film for even longer than that. After all, with the character’s death in Endgame, this may very well be the last time we see Scarlett Johansson in a tight tactical gear for a while.
The prequel promises to delve into the operative’s shady past and show us how tough the Avenger is on her own. Concept art has already depicted her throwing down with Taskmaster, as seen above, but we’ll have to wait and see just exactly how we arrive to that assumed conclusion.
Actually, I think the funniest thing about this movie is that it seems like it’s going to be a companion piece to that Avengers video game that Crystal Dynamics is working on, right down to the Black Widow v Taskmaster fight on a suspension bridge. That’s…weird, right? Is that a thing in the comics? I honestly don’t know. Someone educate me, if you do indeed know. Otherwise, I’ll wait patiently until Black Widow hits theaters on May 1st, 2020.