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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ movie could shoot in Budapest and Prague

Budapest, Hungary – Dry your eyes, dust yourselves up and lick your post-Endgame wounds, Marvel-fans, for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow movie is coming to Budapest! While the movie recently started shooting at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom, HN Entertainment reported earlier this week that scenes should also be shot in Budapest although this has not yet been confirmed by the studio. Prague and Berlin have apparently also been suggested.

Excited fans are now hoping that the movie, in which the Lost in Translation star will reprise her role of former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, might finally reveal one of the longest-running mysteries in the franchise: what the hell happened in Budapest? Indeed, during the first Avengers movie, Natasha and Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, reference a previous fight that took place in Budapest in which the two were involved. While far from confirmed, this could be a hint that the upcoming Black Widow movie might be a prequel/origin story. After Captain Marvel, it seems indeed not unlikely that Marvel would be keen to fill as many gaps in the franchise as possible. Whether or not this means that Hawkeye will appear in the Black Widow movie isn’t yet known.

More likely than not, however, HN Entertainment reports that Hungary might simply be standing in for sequences that are supposed to take place in Russia, not unlike what happened with the Red Sparrow movie in which Hungary doubled as Russia for most of the film.

“Other European cities could also be involved such as Prague and Berlin”, writes HN Entertainment, “but nothing is pointing towards those spots just yet”.

Following the release of Kevin Feige’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, the film, which will be directed by Australia’s Cate Shortland from a script penned by Jac Schaeffer should kick-off the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s much-awaited Phase 4. Rachel Weisz, Stranger Things David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and The Handmaiden’s Tale O-T Fagbenle are expected to star alongside Scarlett Johansson in the film.

Marvel Studios has yet to formally announce Black Widow or give it an official release date, but the current assumption is that it’ll take the 1st of May 2020 spot reserved by Disney for a Marvel film.

Hungary, and more specifically Budapest, has long attracted international movie productions and positioned itself as a top-notch filming location with Red SparrowBlade Runner 2049, Terminator: Dark Fate, and more recently, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot being shot in the country.  To know more about Budapest as a prominent shooting location, you can check our top 10 list of movies shot in Hungary.

While we wait for a release date and an official teaser, do check out this Black Widow “trailer”, brought to you by Saturday Night Live…

Coordinated by Ábel Bede, Kafkadesk's Budapest office is made up of a growing team of freelance journalists, editors and fact-checkers passionate about Hungarian affairs and dedicated to bringing you all the latest news, events and insights from Hungary.

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