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New Black Widow trailer shows off Taskmaster in action!

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It’s apparently quite the day for comic book movies. First we got Sony’s Morbius giving us our first look at Jared Leto as the “living vampire” (not to mention some exciting links to the Marvel Cinematic Universe), then we got Vin Diesel getting some upgrades to make him more fast and furious in Bloodshot. The current king of the comic book movies won’t let everybody else have all the fun though as Marvel Studios has now released a “Special Look” at the upcoming Black Widow solo film.

What’s a “Special Look” then? Well, it’s actually just a trailer so I honestly have no idea what that’s about. Thanks to this new trailer though (and you can’t convince me to call it anything else) we’re now getting a much clearer picture of what Black Widow will be about. Set between the events to Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, it will see double Oscar-nominee Scarlett Johansson’s ex-assassin superhero reconnect with the “family” of her past as she gets thrown against a new army of Widows produced by the same shady organization that turned her into a killer in the first place. They also have a new secret weapon to throw against her, and yes he actually has a shield and hood now!

Check it out below.

I still think Taskmaster’s mask needs to way more skull-y, but the overall costume is already looking much better than when we first saw him. And with the emphasis placed on his identity here makes me start to suspect that Marvel is setting us up for some kind of switcheroo. Also, David Harbour’s Red Guardian is quickly becoming my spirit animal.

Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland and also stars Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. It is scheduled for release on 1 May 2020.

Last Updated: January 14, 2020

4 Comments

  1. Imuch prefer this trailer over the last. I’m with you on Taskmaster’s maks having more of skull appearance, but he still looks good. Hope he has quite a few fighting styles to copy and show off.

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  2. Craig "Crios" Boonzaier

    January 14, 2020 at 14:04

    Is the lessening skull visuals not to appease the Chinese overlords?

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 14, 2020 at 14:27

      Possibly, but I doubt it as the Chinese ban on ghosts and supernatural elements has been significantly lightened, with Chinese sensors seemingly more open to a case by case basis. Just having skull imagery won’t get you banned. Hell, Pixar’s Coco is literally a story about ghosts filled to the brim with skulls and not only did the censors allow it, but it became the no.1 movie in China. There have been several other recent exceptions. The censors will definitely ban movies with homosexuality though, so we’ll see how Marvel handles that when Eternals gets released.

      In this case, this just appears to the age old case of trying to ground a costume design to make it less cartoony. Marvel has almost always done this with their designs so that they’re practical as well, and mostly succeeded. Sometimes though they go too far and lose what makes the character stand out.

      PS: It’s hilarious what content sometimes triggers the Chinese censors though. An early scene in Mission Impossible 3 was set in Shanghai and showed Tom Cruise walking past a house with underwear hanging on washing lines. And the censors forced the scene to be cut coz apparently it represented Shanghai in a bad light as if people couldn’t afford to buy their own dryers for home.

      Hell, they even banned the release of Christopher Robin because the Chinese President had a passing resemblance to Winnie the Pooh and they were afraid his political rivals would use it to make fun of him.

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  3. BradeLunner

    January 14, 2020 at 14:57

    That wasa dodgy accent man, they couldn’t find some eastern Europeans who wanted to be in a marvel movie?

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