Marvel Studios may have already begun filming its next project Black Widow in Norway, if multiple sources are to be believed. Yesterday, reports began pouring in that actress Scarlett Johansson was spotted in Norway by local newspaper Sunnmørsposten as she arrived on a private plane and was headed to the Norwegian village of Sæbø, accompanied by a few people. They are headed to the Vigra island where principal photography is expected to commence.
Yet another publication spotted trucks with the title Blue Bayou on them, which just so happens to be the working title of Black Widow. Putting two and two together, it became rather clear that Black Widow is planning for a Norway shoot, despite no official press release being issued, unlike a certain other event film. I suspect that should come after the now inevitable San Diego Comic Con Announcement.
Now, it looks like Black Widow has certainly begun filming in Norway. Norwegian publication Dagbladet was able to snatch multiple set photos showing actress Scarlett Johansson on set. A helicopter was also circling around capturing aerial shots. The publication has heard that about three sequences are set to be filmed in the area, with the Norwegian Public Administration having granted the film crer permission to shut down Sæbø center in 15-minute intervals on Wednesday from 05:00 in the morning to 23:00 at night.
Check out the first photos from the set of Black Widow after the jump:
Closely inspecting the earlier images suggests that Scarlett’s hair is dyed blonde, lending further credence to rumors that the movie will be set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. That and the original reports along with the red-colored hair in the Norway set photos point to it being a prequel to the MCU itself. This posits an interesting narrative structure for Black Widow with its “present-day” setting being a prequel set before Avengers: Endgame with the flashbacks being prequels themselves, alluding to her days in the Red Room and how she started off as a Russian assassin. And while it’s expected to be a standalone for now, I see no reason why Marvel couldn’t give Black Widow her own trilogy that sort of completes an arc for herself, should the solo film do well.
Black Widow is rumored for a May 2020 release. Nothing is officially announced, of course.