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Scarlett Johansson Teases Big Tonal Shift In ‘Black Widow’

Scarlett Johansson has teased a fairly big tonal shift that happens at some point in her upcoming Black Widow solo film.

It’s been a long road to get to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. Between behind-the-scenes drama that kept the film from getting the green light to the constant delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Widow is a film that has had an uphill battle for a very long time. Reviews for the most part have been positive, although some have questioned what the point of the film even is at this stage. But, based on what the lead actress is saying, the film will throw a few surprises at us before it is over.

In Titan Comics’ Marvel’s Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book, Scarlett Johnasson talked at length about her role as Black Widow and what we could expect from the upcoming film. She also revealed that, at some point, Black Widow will contain a big tonal shift that completely changes the direction of the film:

There wasn’t one specific comic or storyline that we really wanted to adapt. Black Widow as a character has had thousands of different storylines over the years, so, it wasn’t obvious what we were going to do. It had to feel like it was the continuation of something that we’d already started, and that we were scratching away at. I was thinking in a very small, specific way, and Kevin Feige thinks in this really huge, unexpected way. The combination of those two approaches is what you get in the Black Widow film. Kevin Feige’s genius is that he really always thinks about what fans expect out of these films, but he undercuts that and gives them something that they never could have anticipated.

The idea of Natasha Romanoff in a family drama is just the least expected thing, so that was the jumping-off point. I had to wrap my head around what that was going to be because there is such a big tonal shift in this movie. Kevin describes it as if another film T-bones the movie that you thought you were watching! If that’s not handled well, it could feel really jarring and could isolate an audience, taking them out of the experience of watching the film. We left it in Cate Shortland’s very capable hands to strike the balance between those two things.

What do you think of Scarlett Johannson’s words? Do you think the tonal shift will be handled well or will it be a mess? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Here is the synopsis for Black Widow:

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, the Marvel film stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.

The film hits theaters and Disney Plus on July 9th. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Black Widow and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.


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