Marvel’s Black Widow solo film (currently shooting in Budapest) has added Ray Winstone (The Departed, Point Break) to its ultra-secretive cast in an undisclosed role, joining Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Endgame, Ghost in the Shell), David Harbour (Hellboy, Stranger Things), Florence Pugh (Midsommar, The Commuter), Rachel Weisz (Disobedience, The Bourne Legacy) and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale, Looking) in the proceedings. Johansson is reprising her role from multiple other Marvel Cinematic Universe films while Pugh has all but been confirmed as Yelena Belova, the second Black Widow from the comics. Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome, Lore) is directing the flick from a script by Jac Schaeffer (TiMER) and Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby). Like the cast, plot details for the film are practically nil, but that could be related to producer Kevin Feige‘s claims that the story will expose and explore previously unrevealed facets of the MCU.
Set photos leaked onto the web also seem to indicate the long-standing rumor that the supervillain/antihero Taskmaster will be appearing as an antagonist are true; although there’s been no official comment by the studio. In the comics, Taskmaster was born with a form of photographic memory called “photographic reflexes” that allows him to mimic the physical movements of anyone he witnesses. He’s gone on to utilize the techniques he has learned from his observation of superheroes to become a combat instructor for henchmen and novice superheroes (at the behest of the US government) in addition to acting as a criminal and mercenary from time to time. His students include Agent X, Blood Spider, Crossbones, Diamondback and U.S. Agent; and he has been variously affiliated with A.I.M., Agency X, Frightful Four, Secret Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Thunderbolts.
Black Widow currently does not have a release date.