Black Widow will be Marvel's first Phase Four film, and by the time it comes out, it will have been 10 months since there was a new MCU entry. So they're hedging their bets a little bit, launching with a character we all know (and love?) in the spy thriller we never got.
Taking place after Captain America: Civil War, the film hops across Europe in an espionage adventure featuring a host of new characters (and a cameo from a de-aged William Hurt as General Ross). I'm not sure who I'm more excited to see: Florence Pugh as Natasha's sister, or David Harbour as Red Guardian, essentially the Soviet Captain America who's clearly let himself go. Both are pretty much perfect casting, even if those accents are a little shaky.
Also in the cast are Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale). Taskmaster will be the big bad of this film, though it hasn't been announced who will be playing him.
Cate Shortland will direct the film, becoming the first solo female director to helm an MCU entry. Her previous effort Berlin Syndrome was a nifty little thriller and worth checking out. It's currently streaming on Netflix.
Black Widow hits theaters on May 1, 2020.