Though rumors have circulated for years for a standalone Black Widow, it only recently entered preliminary talks for getting made. Even at that, Marvel has kept surprisingly quiet on details for the movie, but a new leaked plot synopsis has given us some insight into what the movie will be about.
Let’s start this with a giant caveat that this is just a reported plot leak and nothing is definitive about it. Marvel may very well change the plot as it continues developing the movie, but it’s the only thing we have to go on and it makes a surprising amount of sense.
Here’s the plot synopsis that was revealed in a production listing:
At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanoff) 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 moves 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.
Taking the plot straight up, it makes a lot of sense. Throughout various MCU movies, we’ve gotten snippets of Natasha Romanoff’s backstory as a former KGB agent with a murky past and her standalone movie could expand upon it. It does not reveal too many details of how exactly it will connect to the overall MCU and its characters, but that’s what you’d expect from a limited synopsis.
If this does end up being the plot used for the Black Widow movie, fans will come away very happy. There’s only so much you can do with the character. After all, she doesn’t have a super suit or super strength, yet instead of focusing on that, if Marvel opted to make a spy thriller, it would be a nice change of pace for the MCU, which often deals with “end of the world” scenarios.