Marvel Studios' Black Widow | Final Trailer
This is the final trailer for the much-awaited Black Widow movie (Cate Shortland, USA, 2020) starring Scarlett Johansson.
Cate is the first Australian and the first solo woman to direct a Marvel movie.
Without a history of films in the action genre Cate might feel like an odd fit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But upon closer examination of the trailer and its themes there is evidence of her striking visual attention to detail in the set design and focus on interpersonal and family relationships with the framing around Black Widow's pre-Avengers family.
Cate's interest in flawed heroines aligns perfectly with Black Widow's confession 'Before I was an Avenger I made mistakes ... and a lot of enemies' and has strong echoes of Heidi's confession to Joe in Somersault (2004) that she's 'done bad things'.
Like her other films, especially Lore (2012) and Berlin Syndrome (2017), the Black Widow trailer alludes to dramatic life and death situations, with Black Widow finding herself in grave danger. However it's great to see a light touch in the humour used in the sequences with Johansson's Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and her pre-Avengers found family played by Florence Pugh as Yelena, Rachel Weisz as Melina and David Harbour as Alexei/Red Guardian.
As in the chase scene in Joy (2000) Cate uses a powerful, dramatic musical score to underline action sequences and build a sense of the stakes involved for the characters.
This is a fine example of a feature film trailer. It summarises the film's storyline without giving too much away. All the main characters, their motivations and the relationships between them, are well-presented. The action sequences and fast-paced editing pulls you in and makes you want to see more.
Black Widow was released in 2021 after the original release date in May 2020 was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.