Ray Winstone is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Variety reports the actor will appear in Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. The film, currently in production, stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanov as she navigates a story set some time before Avengers: Endgame. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the film will function something like Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel which amplifies certain aspects of the original show while telling its own tale. As tends to be the case with Marvel productions, it is unclear who Winstone will play. David Harbour is also part of the cast in an undisclosed role, while Fighting With My Family‘s Florence Pugh will reportedly play a rival agent to Nat’s Black Widow.
Traditionally, the character, the character created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck, emerged from a KGB training facility to do battle with American heroes before defecting and joining up with S.H.I.E.L.D. As her story has never really been told in the MCU, it is possible the plot will take viewers back to those days and finally answer one lingering question about the her: is she old enough to be a Soviet asset?
The film will be directed by Lore‘s Cate Shortland from a script by Jac Schaeffer. It is not yet scheduled for release, but expect it to join the 2021 group of Marvel films.