After a long wait, Black Widow debuts in theaters and Disney + simultaneously with Premier Access on July 9. And to celebrate, our Hollywood Reporter Jânio Nazareth brings an interview with stars Rachel Weisz and David Harbor – who play Melina and Alexei.
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In the film, a dangerous conspiracy linked to the past of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) will cause the heroine to face a darker side of her story. Pursued by a relentless force determined to defeat her, she will have to face her former life as a spy and the people from her past that she left behind before becoming a part of the Avengers.
As well as learning more about the Avenger’s past, we’ll also meet new characters who are a part of her story, played by a solid cast. Check!
Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh)
Like Natasha, Yelena Belova was trained at a young age by the Red Room to be a spy, becoming extremely competent. In the movie, we’ll find out that she has unresolved issues from her past with Natasha that she’s ready to resolve. However, in the midst of greater threats, we will see the two come together and work together, developing a brotherly relationship. They say she will be the new Black Widow, right?
Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz)
Melina Vostokoff is a murder spy trained four times by the Red Chamber, for which she conducted several covert operations, which led the organization to transform her into one of its main scientists. Melina eventually left the program after years of service, but when she meets Natasha, who she worked with before the two went their separate ways, she must decide which side her loyalty lies on.
Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian (David Harbor)
Alexei, also known as the Red Guardian, was raised by the Soviet Union to be a national hero – who is sported on his red uniform with the Soviet star on his chest. He is the Russian equivalent of Captain America, developed in retaliation after the Americans created their beloved hero, and he lived through his golden years during the Cold War. Although his spy time is over, he still considers himself a great hero and enjoys sharing his stories of greatness with those around him. Deep down, Alexei carries a lot of remorse for that time, especially when it comes to Natasha, whom he knew long before she became the Black Widow.
The coach (unidentified)
The Trainer is a masked assassin who has the ability to mimic the movements of his enemies. In addition, he is calculating and relentless when it comes to accomplishing the tasks assigned to him.
Rick Mason (OT Fagbenle)
Mysterious but with a lot of attitude, Rick Mason is a former soldier turned international smuggler. He is indebted to Natasha, who has helped him in the past, and the two have a strong bond.
General Dreykov (Ray Winstone)
A senior Soviet agent, General Dreykov, was in charge of overseeing the Red Room and it was he who recruited Natasha into the program. She holds him responsible for her tortuous past and wants to put an end to his actions, but to face her he will muster all the forces at her disposal to stop the assassin he himself created.
In the plot of her solo film, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) will have to face the Trainer, a villain able to mimic the abilities of his enemies. For this, she will have to meet important people from her past. The cast also includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff and David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian.
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