Despite filming already being underway, we still know very little about Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Widow film, beyond rumours about the inclusion of Yelena Belova, expected to take over as the MCU’s new Black Widow. Now, thanks to interviews from the Spider-Man: Far From Home press junkets, we’re finally starting to get some – albeit vague – details, among them being Kevin Feige’s confirmation that the film will in fact, as was heavily speculated and rumoured (and obvious), be a prequel.
While Feige still doesn’t commit to a Black Widow movie actually existing – such a confirmation will have to wait for SDCC – he did answer io9’s questions about what such a movie could potentially entail.
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.
Feige also went on to compare Black Widow to Better Call Saul, a prequel and spin-off series to the hit TV show Breaking Bad, calling it a “wonderful example of a prequel that almost completely stands on its own” as it “informs you about so many things you didn’t know about before”. This definitely sounds like the right approach to take with the film, and the prospect of learning more about the history of the MCU, at the same time as setting up its future, is certainly exciting.
It still remains to be seen as to when exactly the Black Widow prequel will take place in the timeline of the MCU, but in the mean time we can expect the film to be officially announced at SDCC next month for a May 2020 release.