Black Widow's Runtime Clocks In At Just Over Two Hours
The Marvel Cinematic Universe movie is slated for a May 7 release date.
Black Widow, the next MCU movie set to release in theaters, will have a runtime of two hours and 13 minutes, according to . This is hopefully the start of a trend of MCU movies coming more and more into focus, as opposed to the 2020 trend of delays and deferrals. Provided Black Widow indeed comes out , that release date alone represents the film coming out a full year after it was originally expected and then pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Black Widow is a prequel, and as anyone who's seen Avengers: Endgame knows, star Scarlett Johansson is unlikely to return for many more Marvel films. Fortunately, Black Widow is just a codename for a group of highly trained Russian agents, and this film is expected to tell their story, which is set at some point after the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Aside from the fuzziest of plot points, the movie seems to be about Johansson's character, Natasha Romanoff, confronting her history as a spy and the broken relationships she left behind to become an Avenger.
Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) and comes from a screenplay by Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok). In addition to Johansson, the film's cast includes Florence Pugh (Midsommar), David Harbour (Suicide Squad), and William Hurt (Captain America: Civil War).
Due to tons of delays last year, MCU Phase 4 was kicked off in 2021 with WandaVision, the . Like Black Widow, the show is a masterclass in showing that even if a character meets their untimely end in the MCU, it is still possible to live on. You can read , and read up on . And don't forget to celebrate--the drought is ending!