The Taskmaster Appears in New Black Widow Special Look

The first trailer for Black Widow was a thrilling glimpse at the long-awaited stand-alone film for Scarlett Johansson’s superhero. We got a good sense of how director Cate Shortland was handling the story of Natasha Romanoff (Johansson)’s life before she became an Avenger. Now Marvel has released a “Special Look” that reveals more footage from Shortland and Johansson’s film, which will shed more light on the program run by the KGB that turned women like Natasha—and her sister Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh)—into super assassins known as Black Widows. This footage aired during last night’s College National Championship Game, and it’s not for nothing that both Johansson and Pugh were nominated for Oscars yesterday, too.

This new video gives us a bit more plot. It seems Natasha has returned to Moscow because she’s on the run, and she’s enlisting the help of Yelena and the rest of her so-called family to help take care of some “unfinished business.” That family includes David Harbour‘s Alexei Shostakov (also known as the Red Guardian) and Rachel Weisz’s Melina Vostokoff. We’ve known for a while that Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff wouldn’t be the only lethal Black Widow, and that’s further confirmed here when she tells us there’s “a new world of Widows” and we see a team of them converging on Natasha’s position.

Then comes a much better look at the film’s primary villain (or so we think at the moment)—the Taskmaster. Who is this masked villain? Is it a he or a she? And how does the Taskmaster fit into the larger story of Natasha’s attempt to break free of her past and start doing some good in the world?

Check out the Special Look here:

Here’s the official synopsis:

Natasha Romanoff is given to the KGB at birth, to train her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her. Fifteen years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Black Widow works a freelance operative in present-day New York. Based on the Marvel comic.

Joining Johansson, Harbour, and Weisz are O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, and Ray Winstone.

Black Widow hits theaters on May 1, 2020.

Featured image: Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanoff in ‘Black Widow.’ Courtesy Marvel/Walt Disney Studios


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