Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige gives us some hints about what to expect with the Black Widow prequel. The standalone movie has yet to be announced by the studio, though it is already presumably shooting in Eastern Europe at the moment. Scarlett Johansson has been spotted on the set with her trademark Natasha Romanoff look, but the project, like anything else from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is shrouded in mystery at the moment. Thankfully, Feige has given us an idea of what we can expect.
Natasha Romanoff is dead. We all saw it happen in Avengers: Endgame, so the Black Widow movie pretty much has to be a prequel for logistical reasons. There have been rumors to the contrary, but Kevin Feige has all but guaranteed a prequel in this case. With that being said, Feige has now talked about how going backwards for that story could push Phase 4 further along. He explains.
"There's a method to the madness. There's always a method and doing things in an unexpected way is something we find fun. There are ways to do prequels that are less informative or answer questions you didn't necessarily have, and then there are ways to do prequels where you learn all sorts of things you never knew before."
When it comes to the Black Widow movie, it seems we are going to see the more informative prequel Kevin Feige referred to. And for a possible template, the Marvel Studios boss has a pretty lofty goal, which makes sense. You don't become one of the biggest franchises in the world by not taking risks. Feige had this to say about the "supposed" Black Widow prequel.
"I look at Better Call Saul as a wonderful example of a prequel that almost completely stands on its own apart from Breaking Bad because it informs you about so many things you didn't know about before. So time will tell which way we've gone with a supposed Black Widow movie."
With the MCU, Kevin Feige and crew have been able to pull off something pretty special. Throughout eleven years, they have created 22 movies (23 if you want to count Spider-Man: Far From Home) that are all connected in different ways. There are some plot holes, but that is to be expected when working with different directors and writers over the years. For the most part, everything flows together really well and a Black Widow prequel will more than likely be no different from the rest in terms of a compelling story connected to the future and the past.
As for when Kevin Feige will officially announce the Black Widow prequel, this summer seems like the most logical time with San Diego Comic-Con and D23 on the way. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters in a few weeks and it will officially closeout Phase 3 while ushering in Phase 4, where it is believed Black Widow will be one of the first in the mysterious new phase. You can check out the rest of the interview with Kevin Feige over at Gizmodo.