Scarlett Johansson is back in her Marvel uniform of skin-tight leather as Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow. The actor will be joined by Hollywood heavyweights such as Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour to tell Black Widow’s origins story. But when is the film set, and where will the action take place?
Black Widow is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
As many fans will remember, Civil War showed the Avengers struggling to come together over the regulation of the team.
In the end, Tony Stark assembled a team to fight, with Natasha, T’Challa, James Rhodes, Vision and Peter Parker attempting to work with them and capture the other Avengers who are trying to escape regulation and help Bucky Barnes, who at that time had been brainwashed to be a cold-blooded killer.
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In the end, the fight turns incredibly nasty and Natasha eventually allows Steve Rogers and his friend Bucky to escape, while the rest of Rogers’ team languish in prison.
After the devastation of her new family, SHIELD and the Avengers, Natasha goes into exile and is not seen again until Avengers: Infinity War, where she has reconnected with the fugitive Steve Rogers.
This new film is, therefore, set in between these two films, meaning it is set in 2016.
However, it is clear this film will also give a glimpse into the past life of Natasha, and she will not just be staying in the present day.