Marvel Studios’ Black Widow has been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean the passion has abated for fans who have been wanting a Natasha Romanoff solo film for years. Now a detail about one of the movie’s supporting characters has made its way online, and it turns out that the Ray Winstone Black Widow character has a connection to Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking 2012 team-up movie The Avengers.
Several sites are citing a Twitter account called Marvel Studios News, which is spreading the news about actor Ray Winstone’s role in the movie. Apparently the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine, which has star Scarlett Johansson on the cover promoting Black Widow, features a revelation about the Departed actor’s character in the new movie. We haven’t seen the Empire Magazine story with our own eyes yet it isn’t online as of this writing, so take all this with a grain of salt for now. But assuming the story is true, Winstone will be playing a character named Dreykov. He’s evidently the head of the Red Room, the Soviet brainwashing facility where Natasha Romanoff received her assassin training.
But that’s not all. Natasha and Dreykov seem to have crossed paths before – at least, according to Loki during that interrogation scene in The Avengers. Listen closely:
When Black Widow tells Loki she wants to wipe out the red in her ledger, he responds, “Can you wipe out that much red? Dreykov’s daughter…São Paolo…the hospital fire…Barton told me everything.” She turns out to be playing Loki in order to extract information, but since Clint Barton aka Hawkeye was under mind control at the time, there’s nothing here to suggest that character would give Loki bad intel about Natasha’s past.
Which brings us back to Black Widow. This film takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, when Natasha returns to her roots and reconnects with her old family. If she was responsible for the death of the daughter of a high-ranking Soviet authority figure, you can bet that character will be harboring a serious grudge. I don’t expect Winstone will have a huge role in the movie, but a combination of pathos and physicality will hopefully make him stand out a bit from other low-level Marvel movie villains, who are let’s face it often pretty forgettable.
I wonder if Joss Whedon knew when he wrote that line about Dreykov’s daughter that he was planting a seed for a payoff that would be explored in another movie eight years down the line. Assuming Black Widow is released in 2020, that is.
Fox Business Network has severed ties with primetime host Trish Regan, who sparked controversy after claiming that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was an “impeachment scam” around two weeks ago.
“Fox Business has parted ways with Trish Regan,” the network said in a statement. “We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors. We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the coronavirus crisis.”
The network's decision stemmed from an early March segment on “Trish Regan Primetime,” the television host's now-defunct show, where Regan told a multitude of lies about the virus. Regan alleged that Democrats were singularly blaming President Donald Trump for the virus and that Democrats and left-wingers had a “need to create mass hysteria to encourage a market selloff” and “stop the economy,” all while a large graphic titled “CORONAVIRUS IMPEACHMENT SCAM” was displayed onscreen.
Regan announced that her show had been placed on hiatus on March 13, the day she hosted her final show. Regan is one of several Fox personalities and guests who have recently lied and downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro downplayed the virus' deadliness in early March, while network host Laura Ingraham, who previously taunted school shooting survivor David Hogg, then 17, for getting rejected from colleges, promoted unproven drugs in response to the pandemic. Sean Hannity previously referred to the coronavirus as a “hoax.” Conservative personality and university heir Jerry Falwell Jr. recently promoted a conspiracy theory on Fox and Friends that the coronavirus was co-created by North Korea and China to assault the United States and, like Regan, suggested that media coverage of the pandemic was politically motivated.
Though Regan's comments about the coronavirus generated particularly strong pushback, they weren't the first time that the television host had generated controversy. Regan's prior segments included accusations that Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault claims against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were politically motivated and a suggestion that Ilhan Omar D-Minnesota — a favorite target for racist attacks by Trump and other prominent conservatives — was antisemitic.
Regan, who joined Fox in 2015, also aired a variety of interviews with conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who has actively promoted the birther conspiracies about President Barack Obama's citizenship, during her time at the network.
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