That Black Widow Plot Synopsis Isn’t Connected to Marvel’s Upcoming Movie

For the last couple of months websites have been running a plot synopsis for Black Widow from Production Weekly. It was spread around back in September, and then the same sites ran it again in October; likely due to it being a slow news month and they could get away with just a new headline on the same synopsis. The description in question reads:

“At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action movies to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative. The standalone film will find Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.”

Unfortunately, it has no connection to Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Widow film. In fact, it’s taken from a cancelled Black Widow movie that David Hayter was involved in. He told Discussing Film that in an interview coming later today, and the synopsis is basically the logline for his cancelled Black Widow concept:

“And somebody just put out a synopsis of the upcoming film based on my script because it was essentially an origin story but they basically described what my logline was”

So that Production Weekly synopsis that every site ran in September or October was based on David Hayter’s script for a Black Widow movie that isn’t being made, which means that isn’t the synopsis for the Marvel Studios film that’s expected in 2020. This probably won’t stop clickbait websites from running the synopsis for a third time this month, but there it is.

The actual plot of Black Widow may involve the Y2K panic in some way, which would be a cool way to introduce a 16-year-old Natasha to S.H.I.E.L.D..

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