The director of Black Widow explains why Natasha was watching Roger Moore’s James Bond film Moonraker.
The film’s director has chimed in on the relevance of a sequence in which Natasha watches Roger Moore’s James Bond blockbuster Moonraker.
After more than a year in the making, Black Widow finally hit theaters on Wednesday, just in time for Disney+ Premier Access to launch today. The MCU standalone film starring Scarlett Johansson is set in 2016, shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War. She also spends her downtime early in the afternoon viewing a Roger Moore James Bond film.
Moonraker, a 1979 007 film in which Moore’s Bond travels to outer space, was the film in dispute.
But why was Natasha viewing the polarizing film, which the Avenger plainly understands from her recitation of the dialogue?
During a recent interview, Cate Shortland, the director of Black Widow, weighed in on the choice.
“You know, we argued which [Bond] film,” the filmmaker stated in an interview with Uproxx.
“And then I guess it was Kevin Feige and Eric Pearson who said it had to be this film, and it just seemed perfect,” Shortland concluded.
“It simply felt great for that; I adore how she mimics the words and how well she understands them.
“She remembers every single line from the movie,” says the narrator. It’s a lot of fun.”
The director said it wasn’t planned for Moonraker’s opening skydiving scene to mimic Black Widow’s third act.
“That was unintentional,” Shortland replied. If I asked Eric, the writer, he may answer, “It was absolutely intended,” and take it right now. I’m not certain.
“It makes me pleased that there are coincidences because it’s a lovely coincidence.”
So, if anything, it appears that the homage was merely to Bond in general, as Black Widow definitely draws inspiration from the 007 films and the spy thriller genre.
However, when asked about the Moonraker sequence again, Kevin and Eric might be able to provide further information.
The first MCU film in two years, Black Widow, will be followed by three more in 2021.
On September 3, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released.
Eternals will be released on November 5, 2021, and Spider-Man No Way Home will be released on December 17, 2021.