It’s been stated. Actually it’s been yelled to the world at large that we want a Black Widow film. Alas, it’s not on the slate of upcoming Marvel films. They or their penny pinchers or their fortune tellers don’t see the benefit of it. Even as a stand-alone film.
Thankfully, this didn’t deter Christopher Haley from making opening sequence for a Black Widow film as his final project for his After Effects class. It’s nothing sort of brilliant. It is Natasha Romanoff so it makes perfect sense that Haley would imagine the film as a spy thriller. The opening sequence reads exactly like an opening sequence for a James Bond movie, which is an awesome thing. Sexy and prophetic music – Hayley expertly uses Portishead’s Sour Times to play artfully over the Marvel flipbook logo and throughout the sequence. Animation which includes, of course, a black widow spider, the Hydra logo and ballerinas fading into an American flag, silhouettes of what may happen in the film. It’s an absolute joy.
What’s even more fun is the creative team he’s assembled for the project, here are just a few:
Screenplay by Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof
Executive Producers – J.J. Abrams, Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Stan Lee
Directed by Brad Bird
The following is Christopher Haley’s synopsis of the “film.”
Cut off one head, two more shall take it’s place. . . For this speculative title sequence of a Black Widow film I decided Black Widow’s villain would be. . . Black Widow. Yelena Belova, to be specific. Belova believes herself to be the superior Black Widow, and in some ways she is right. Swift and ruthless, Belova is the most talented assassin to graduate from the Red Room–and now she is Hydra’s most deadly weapon. At Belova’s side is a super-soldier of her own, Alexi Shostakov–the Red Guardian, who also happens to be Natasha’s former lover. When the new heads of Hydra make a play for the power of the infinity stones it is up to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agent to stop them.
Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) – Scarlett Johansson
Yelena Belova (other Black Widow) – Rosamund Pike
Alexi Shostakov (Red Guardian) – Samuli Edelmann
Phil Coulson – Clark Gregg
Melinda May – Ming-Na Wen
If anything at all, this proves that Black Widow would make one heck of a stand-alone spy flick. Come on! Americans, Russians, S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, the Red Room!
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