Although many would like to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe release its first R-rated superhero film, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently revealed that Black Widow will not be the one to realize those dreams.
Speaking to Comicbook.com, Feige said, "It never was going to be. Somebody writes, 'I hear it's R-rated!' And then everybody writes it up."
Rumors that Black Widow would be the first R-rated Marvel film started in January, with Charles Murphy of That Hashtag Show stating he'd heard the movie was scheduled for release in 2020 and that there was discussion about whether to make it R-rated. Feige's statements are pretty definitive, so it seems Black Widow will target a wide demographic, like other entries in the MCU. It's worth noting that Feige has not dismissed the idea of an R-rated MCU film and has only stated Black Widow will not be one.
Very little is known about Black Widow at this time, though Scarlett Johansson is expected to return as the deadly spy. The movie is set to be directed by Cate Shortland and will reportedly explore Natasha Romanoff's past, including her time with the KGB and her introduction to S.H.I.E.L.D.. Black Widow's release date is not currently known. However, rumors suggest the movie will hit the big screen on May 1, 2020.
Johansson will return as Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame, which is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The movie also stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives on April 26.