Set photos from Black Widow appear to confirm the film’s place in the MCU timeline.
The latest set photos seem to confirm when Black Widow is set in terms of its relation to the MCU. As Geeks Worldwide’s Thomas Polito noted on Twitter (via: CBR), they show Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh at the wheel of a 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring Wagon. This almost certainly points to the events of Black Widow taking place between the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (released in 2018, but may take place in 2017, depending on which timeline you believe).
Placing the movie at that point would potentially provide some essential character development. For one, it would allow fans learn what Natasha was doing before her rather abrupt entrance in the middle of Infinity War as part of Captain America’s “Secret Avengers.” That wouldn’t preclude flashbacks to her training in the Red Room, as previously teased in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Black Widow movie is probably Marvel’s worst-kept secret, not least because Cate Shortland’s film is currently shooting in Budapest. Set photos have appeared to confirm that Florence Pugh is playing the part of Yelena Belova, Natasha’s successor in the Red Room program.
Black Widow is expected to be released on May 1, 2020.