Warning: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
Black Widow has officially begun filming in Norway, and Scarlett Johansson has been spotted on set. According to Screen Rant, the first set photos from the film have been revealed, courtesy of Norwegian website Dagbladet. Scarlett — and the rest of the cast and crew — are hard at work in Sæbø, filming what is rumored to be the next MCU movie to follow Spider-Man: Far From Home. Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to hit theaters this July.
In the new photos, Scarlett’s Natasha Romanoff is sporting her notorious red locks, which appear quite lengthy as they wind down her back. Black Widow’s hairstyle is quite reminiscent of her look in Iron Man 2, when the character first debuted. Natasha also sported long red-and-blonde hair in Avengers: Endgame after the 5-year time jump.
There were a few leaked photos from the set, most of which seemed capture action that was taking place on an old ship. Snapshots were also taken of cast trailers, many of which featured the name of the film in Norwegian.
There has been much speculation about where the Black Widow film will fit in the MCU timeline, and the only hint fans have is from the events of Avengers: Endgame. Natasha ultimately met her demise in the film, after she sacrificed herself so that the team could obtain the Soul Stone.
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This means Black Widow will likely take place in the past, and Natasha’s long hair could rule out some potential time periods. Some were speculating the movie would take place during the 5-year time jump between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, but the length of her hair seems to rule this out.
Some fans also believe the film will take place following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier — when Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Nick Fury, and Natasha go their separate ways, on different missions.
In the Black Widow film, some fans are hoping that Natasha interacts with Bucky Barnes, after making a comment to him in Captain America: Civil War which still has no context behind it. After the Winter Soldier breaks out of a holding facility, he battles against Natasha. While he chokes her, she says “Do you at least remember me?”
The film could be a complete prequel altogether, focusing on Natasha’s recruitment as a Russian spy — and how she eventually came to work with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. Natasha’s past was teased in Avengers: Age of Ultron during a flashback sequence that was triggered by Scarlet Witch.
Black Widow is expected to debut in 2020.