SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20: Scarlett Johansson of Marvel Studios' 'Black Widow' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ shooting scenes in Georgia

Originally posted Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel film “Black Widow,” largely filmed in Norway, Hungary and the U.K., is throwing a little bit of love to Georgia, shooting a handful of scenes here.

This is similar to 2017’s Chris Hemsworth hit “Thor: Ragnarok,” which shot most of the film in Australia but did a few pick-up scenes in Georgia. 

The pseudonym around town for “Black Widow” is currently “Blue Bayou,” the name of a popular 1977 Linda Ronstadt hit. Marvel is secretive about its shoots and likes to create alternative names to throw off the scent. 

This film is part of the Marvel Universe in prequel form and the first solo foray for Johannson’s Avenger character Natasha Romanoff. It’s also the first Marvel film focused primarily on female characters and has a female director Cate Shortland.  

The Black Widow training program in the movie also features characters played by Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh

David Harbour, who shoots “Stranger Things” in metro Atlanta as police chief Jim Hopper, is also a major character in “Black Widow” playing a Russian super soldier. 

Marvel regularly does reshoots after main production is over and financially, it make sense to do so stateside rather than return to Europe with the Georgia tax credits as additional incentive. “Black Widow” is scheduled to come out May 1, 2020. 

“Avengers: Endgame,” much of which was shot in Georgia, is the highest grossing film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.