BLACK WIDOW Star David Harbour Confirms The Movie's Third Act Was Reworked...While They Were Shooting

BLACK WIDOW Star David Harbour Confirms The Movie's Third Act Was Reworked...While They Were Shooting

Black Widow star David Harbour has confirmed that Marvel Studios completely reworked the movie's third act during shooting and shares a brief update on where things currently stand with Thunderbolts...

By JoshWilding - Aug 17, 2023 03:08 PM EST
Filed Under: Black Widow
Source: Happy Sad Confused

Like most MCU movies, Black Widow ended with a CG-heavy final act full of epic action. Some fans were disappointed to see the espionage thriller conclude on such a familiar note, but Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff at least got to go out on a high. 

At this point, it's hardly breaking news to say that Marvel Studios typically makes sweeping changes to its movies during and after principal photography. 

Speaking to Happy Sad Confused, Gran Turismo star David Harbour confirmed Black Widow's third act was being "reworked" while cameras were still rolling. 

"I think they did want the opportunity to change some stuff," he recalls. "The interesting thing about Marvel that’s so great about them is they do rework stuff. Even big productions."

"Like 'Black Widow,' the entire third act was reworked as we were shooting, which is incredible. And so, they just want that freedom."

We're sure that was a somewhat chaotic experience for both Harbour and the rest of the cast but it definitely hasn't put the Red Guardian actor off returning to the MCU. We'll next see his Russian Super Soldier in Thunderbolts, a movie he's excited to start work on (this interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike).

"The script we have is really tight and really great," he teases. "And our director, Jake [Schreier], thinks it’s great. But they just want the freedom. They don’t want to be stuck in the middle of a shoot and then having to go like, 'We can’t rewrite this.'"

That last comment from Harbour is obviously a reference to why production was delayed shortly after the WGA strike began. Had Marvel Studios started shooting Thunderbolts in the midst of it, they wouldn't have been able to make any changes to the story until the strike ended.

Shortly after this conversion took place, actors joined writers on the picket line, meaning Thunderbolts was going to be paused either way. As a result, we currently have no idea when production is set to start up again. 

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MarvelZombie616 - 8/17/2023, 3:44 PM
No way this is in cinemas in 2024.
BritishMonkey - 8/17/2023, 8:42 PM
@MarvelZombie616 - No way any Marvel film is coming out next year.
marvel72 - 8/17/2023, 3:45 PM
Can't stand he's take on The Red Guardian. The Red Guardian is the Russian version of Captain America and they made him a complete joke.

What a waste.
URCOMMENTSUCKS - 8/17/2023, 3:51 PM
@marvel72 - Before Feb. 24, I'd agree with you. But now... Yeah, I couldn't care less about a good representation of the Russian superheroes. [frick] 'em. Then again, it's not like any other superhero in the MCU gets better treatment. Thor's still the worst case of dumbing down the character.
mountainman - 8/17/2023, 4:04 PM
@URCOMMENTSUCKS - You don’t have to like and support Russia to recognize a Soviet Super Soldier from the 80’s would be a hardened and bad ass dude. In fact, they tried making him likable. You would think had he had the traditional cold and brutal Soviet persona it could have made him less likable and more accurate to what the character should have been.
Taonrey - 8/17/2023, 4:43 PM
@URCOMMENTSUCKS - they had Thor is such a good spot between ragnarok and Infinity war. They were so close to having another huge iconic character and they fumbled it
Oberlin4Prez - 8/17/2023, 3:46 PM
Ya think?
GhostDog - 8/17/2023, 3:49 PM
I mean I get having to pivot sometimes but the ENTIRE ACT though
URCOMMENTSUCKS - 8/17/2023, 3:52 PM
Black Widow was fine. We've had much worse than that just last year.
soberchimera - 8/17/2023, 3:54 PM
@URCOMMENTSUCKS - Any movie is fine if you're willing to lower your standards enough...
dagenspear - 8/17/2023, 7:37 PM
@URCOMMENTSUCKS - If you grade on a curve, maybe.
soberchimera - 8/17/2023, 3:53 PM
Black Widow shouldn't have had any CGI at all. It should've been like a Bourne movie.
mountainman - 8/17/2023, 4:05 PM
@soberchimera - The 1st half of the movie was mostly good. In that half, it basically had a Bourne / Mission Impossible feel to it. Then it got too big and goofy.
Razorface1 - 8/17/2023, 4:35 PM
@soberchimera - black widow shouldn't have bden a movie. Or a show.
Origame - 8/17/2023, 3:53 PM
Um...that's actually a big problem dude. Not only is it ridiculous to change up the entire third act out of nowhere, but this is specifically what the vfx artists were talking about. They already put so much work in for marvel to come in, have them scrap the third act, then work on it completely from scratch.

Come to think of it, why were vfx artists being so heavily involved with this movie to begin with? She has no powers.
ModHaterSLADE - 8/17/2023, 3:58 PM
His Red Guardian leaned a little too much into comedy for my tastes, but I still like him in the role. Still a much better Hellboy imo.
mountainman - 8/17/2023, 4:05 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - He was a good Hellboy but that movie was such trash.
ObserverIO - 8/17/2023, 4:00 PM
This David Harbour fellow... he's not just a pretty face, is he? He knows what's going on. He knows how to say it. I like him now.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/17/2023, 4:02 PM
The non-theatrical release of this movie was deserving.
slickrickdesigns - 8/17/2023, 4:05 PM
Too many people hate on the black widow movie. It was decent. Not a top 5 marvel movie but it was definitely better than some of their dudds. Only part they F’ed up on was TaskMaster at the end. I didn’t care that it was a woman but they had Winter Soldier style mercenary potential with that character and I felt like they could’ve done better with her.
I am looking forward to more Yelena and Red Guardian in the Thunderbolts!
dagenspear - 8/17/2023, 7:36 PM
@slickrickdesigns - Stronger than some recent stuff? Maybe. Good? I don't really agree. They took out all the strong spy thriller aspects. It's more a lame movie to me. I don't see much reason for Black Widow's only solo outing to be that.
WakandanQueen - 8/17/2023, 4:09 PM
Well we could tell

Still like the movie, it's got a really compelling and fun first half.
NGFB - 8/17/2023, 4:09 PM
"Reworked" does not equal "chaotic experience". They're actors. They get paid to read lines.
CoHost - 8/17/2023, 4:25 PM
This dude be the perfect Carl for an Aqua Teen movie.
valmic - 8/17/2023, 4:27 PM
He was great in quantum of solace
LSHF - 8/18/2023, 4:23 AM
@micvalpro - Holy shit! Thank you for pointing out those two characters were played by David (I didn't know that). His character was a mean mf, and next time I see the Bond film, I'll enjoy it more knowing that's David.
TheHumanSpider2 - 8/17/2023, 4:40 PM
Worst movie in the entire MCU.
DarthOmega - 8/17/2023, 4:46 PM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Thor Love and Thunder would like to have a word with you. He brought along his friend Quantumania.
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