Black Widow Red Guardian
Black Widow Red Guardian

The first official trailer for Black Widow has just been released, and here at Moviegasm we have combed every last frame to uncover the mysterious new character introductions, subtle plot clues, and Easter eggs hidden throughout the trailer. Black Widow is the highest anticipated stand-alone movie since the great Iron Man himself. Just like Deadpool, Natasha Romanoff has a blood-stained past and we can’t wait to see it. Fans finally have an idea of what to expect from Marvel’s Phase 4 — its collection of superhero movies post-Endgame.

What time period is this set in?

The movie takes place with a two-year gap between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Scarlett Johansson retains her role as the assassin-turned-Avenger in the new addition to the MCU. Natasha Romanoff, in her first solo adventure learns more about herself than she wanted to know.

Unexpectedly, there are a flurry of character introductions and family reunions in the thrilling new trailer footage. One early shot showing Natasha entering an apartment complex to face an assassin from the past Yelena Bolivia (Florence Pugh). The pair engage in a vigorous tactical display, demonstrating they’re equally matched skills, before teaming up to deal with some shocking old business. Facing unseen threats and challenges, the deadly duo reunite with Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour). The trailer uses Alexei as the comedic relief, but he is no laughing matter. Alexei is the Red Guardian.

Red Guardian’s Origin

Red Guardian first appeared in 1967’s Avengers #43, which was written by Roy Thomas and drawn by John Buscema. In that story, Natasha was kidnapped by her former employers. The Red Guardian was waiting for the Avengers to attempt a rescue — especially one Avenger in particular. He was desperate to prove himself better than Captain America. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot from this scene, Yelena is spotted wearing the same black and green vest worn by Black Widow in Infinity War, which seems to indicate an uncertain fate for her character in this film, though equally, it could go on to serve as a memento from Nat and Yelena’s mission together this time around.

More significant than his costumed alter ego, Shostakov was once married to Natasha Romanoff. Ironically, it was this relationship that eventually led to Natasha fulling embracing her life as a spy for the KGB.

For more on Black Widow in the meantime, take a look at the film’s official poster, dissect the footage from San Diego Comic-Con.

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