'Black Widow' writer confirms there was a Robert Downey Jr. cameo in earlier script

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Given that the movie was set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and well before the character's death in Avengers: Endgame, fans were excited about the possibility of a cameo from other Avengers — namely, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. While that didn't end up happening, writer Eric Pearson confirmed that cameo was originally planned for an earlier iteration of the film.

"I do remember now that one version of the script, prior to me, literally had written into it the end moment of Civil War with Tony and Natasha," Pearson told Comicbook.com's Phase Zero podcast, referring to the scene after the big airport battle when Tony tells Natasha, "I'm not the one who needs to watch their back."

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Pearson went on to explain that since the footage wouldn't have offered anything new, the team ultimately thought it wasn't worth including. "That's the only time I saw Tony Stark's name in it, and it was just kind of a flag-planted reminder — like, 'Hey, we're right at the end of Civil War,'" he said.

Instead of a Tony Stark cameo, Black Widow chose to remind audiences of its place in the MCU in another way: by showing William Hurt's Thaddeus Ross coming after Natasha for violating the Sokovia Accords.

Director Cate Shortland has also discussed her stance on having other Avengers pop up in the film, telling Total Film that Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige agreed on the decision to leave them out.

"Initially, there was discussions about everything, about all of the different characters," said Shortland. "What we decided was, and I think Kevin was really great, he said, 'She doesn't need the boys.' We didn't want it to feel like she needs the support. We want her to stand alone. And she does."

While dropping some familiar faces into Black Widow would've been rewarding fan service, in the end, the choice not to have any Avengers — even Natasha's Strike Team: Delta partner Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) — in the film turned out to be the right one. After years spent waiting in the wings, Natasha Romanoff didn't need an assist from the guys. It was time for her to prove her mettle on her own.

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Florence Pugh Admits to Being “That Person” Who Kept Talking During ‘Black Widow’ Premiere

Hollywood Reporter 15 July, 2021 - 01:34pm

The actress was trying to help her mom understand Marvel's complex cinematic universe.

By Allison Crist

Florence Pugh would like to issue an apology to anyone who attended the London premiere of Black Widow.

As the 25-year-old actress revealed on Wednesday’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, she was “that person” who talked throughout the entire film.

Pugh had a good excuse, though: She was attempting to walk her mom through the complexities of the Marvel cinematic universe.

“Unless you watch these movies and you’re invested in them, you don’t know that there are different universes and that there are different superheroes connected to different universes,” Pugh told Meyers, hilariously noting that her grandmother has been calling her Superwoman for the past year. “I’m like, ‘I wish, but no, I’m Yelena, an equally cool badass.'”

To prevent any similar confusion during the Black Widow screening in London, Pugh insisted on keeping her mom in the loop—even if it meant tapping her shoulder every few minutes.

“She wasn’t asking, but I kept on leaning over and being like, ‘so she’s a real, real baddie and he’s really nasty, and he’s done all these bad things to these women,'” Pugh recalled. “And then something else would happen and I’d be like, ‘so the reason why that’s funny is because four movies ago…'”

Before long, she realized she had become “that person that’s now talking during the entire screening.”

Pugh seemingly dialed it down, but as anyone who’s seen Black Widow can understand, she couldn’t help but inform the audience of what was to come after the film ended.

Watch the rest of Pugh’s Late Night With Seth Meyers interview below.

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Black Widow May Be Marvel's Most Action-Packed Movie

CBR - Comic Book Resources 14 July, 2021 - 11:05am

Black Widow was pitched and marketed as a Cold War era spy thriller. Those are high stakes for an average movie, but they're comparatively low for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, considering one of the last installments concluded with a fight to save half of Earth's population, and by extension, the very universe and timeline. But even with its time-traveling and superhero-stuffed final battle, Avengers: Endgame still devoted more time to its characters than its combat. Once Black Widow gets going, it barely stops to take a breath, which is a real change of pace for the MCU.

Judging from the official trailer, which includes a clip from every big set piece except for the opening plane escape, fans expected some action, but perhaps not quite this much. Maybe that's because Black Widow is a standalone film and a prequel. Maybe it's because three of the four leads are female and best known for prestige projects. Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz have all been nominated for Oscars in recent years, for Marriage Story, Little Women and The Favourite respectively. Maybe it's because espionage stories can often be heavy on team recruitment and planning. Black Widow doesn't seem to care about any of that. Its trio of highly respected actors (plus David Harbour, who absolutely keeps up with them) do their own thing with both the superhero and the spy thriller genres, and kick some serious butt in the process.

In part, this is because Black Widow pretty strictly adheres to one of the cardinal rules of screenwriting -- show don't tell -- right from the beginning. The audience is shown only a few moments of domestic mundanity during their undercover mission before  it's off to Cuba in a biplane, with dad shooting at strangers from the wing. There's no forced dinner table conversation in which characters offer up each other's names and backstories. For the most part, Black Widow is -- like most good spy thrillers -- confident enough to let the viewer figure things out. Thus, exposition is given on a need-to-know basis.

But for a very few moments that feel like video game cut scenes, in which Natasha procures necessary equipment from Rick Mason, the only prolonged scenes that aren't all out fight choreography are featured in the trailer as well. Having evaded Taskmaster, Natasha grabs a drink with Yelena to catch up. After springing Alexei from prison, the family reunites at Melina's pig farm. But even that scene starts with a pig's near death experience and ends with Dreykov's massively armed forces coming to capture them.

One way the film moderates its pulse-racing in the final act is with tricky little flashbacks to the previous scene at the farm. It appears that Melina has stayed loyal to the Dreykov and the Red Room when she tells Natasha they're on their way. What isn't shown, at least until those flashbacks, is that mother and daughter have planned to infiltrate the Red Room. They just haven't let Alexei and Yelena in on their scheme yet.

Implausible but awesome action scenes are as much a reason to see a Marvel movie as they've always been, but as previous MCU films and the three Disney+ series have demonstrated, there's nothing wrong with slowing things down and getting to know each other. Some of Marvel's best moments (the shawarma scene, the Mjolnir lifting contest) have been little more than people talking in rooms. Though it may end up ranking somewhere in the middle of Marvel's ever-growing list of movies, Black Widow should be appreciated for the adrenaline rush that it is, and the surprising amount of character development it accomplishes along the way.

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