Black Widow Writer Calls the Film’s Combat Visceral, Aggressive

In a recent interview with InverseBlack Widow writer Jac Schaeffer revealed that fans will see Natasha Romanoff “very much on her own and over the events of the Black Widow movie,” having to “reckon with some of the red in her ledger.”

The film’s story is set shortly after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and will explore the combat skills of the founding Avenger.

“The fighting [in Black Widow] is a lot of close contact, hand-to-hand combat. It’s very visceral. There’s a lot of aggression and power in a very human way that I find really satisfying and really exciting to watch, but it’s the polar opposite to writing for super-powered characters.”

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Schaeffer continued, citing that she wasn’t a fan of superhero movies before writing the Black Widow film and that she’d like to continue to see more variety in the films, like Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel.

“I would like to see alternatives to violence in superhero movies,” she added. “Maybe I would qualify that by saying, alternatives to glamorizing guns and weaponry. That’s one of the reasons that I love Captain Marvel — it’s all about inner power. And the destruction is not at the expense of human life.”

Black Widow hits theaters on May 1, 2020.