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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When the first trailer for the Jennifer Lawrence vehicle, Red Sparrow, hit the web, there were some interesting comparisons. Lots of Marvel fans instantly pointed to the character of Black Widow.

While they haven’t gotten specific in the films, it’s very clear that she has a pretty dark past that involves some shady stuff in the spy world. With Marvel Studios (at the time) not capitalizing on the idea, it was almost as if someone threw their hat in the ring and said, “Here’s a possible origin for the character.”

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Well, it looks like director Francis Lawrence had some choice words about those comparisons. Speaking with Screen Rant, the helmer said;

“There’s people who think it’s very similar to the Black Widow story. This is not pulled from BW, this is pulled from Red Sparrow, you know, it’s just like written by a guy who was in the CIA. It’s like, his references are coming from a very very different place from that. But there’ll always be that. People like to put things in boxes, and I think is a really unique film. This is a thriller, it’s not action, again it’s not gadgety. It’s a hard-R. There’s violence, it’s a bit perverse, it’s suspenseful, a lot of intrigue. It ‘s a very different kind of spy film.”

Some may argue that this is exactly the kind of film that the Black Widow origin should be. However, while there were some real comparisons, it wasn’t ever something that was taken completely seriously.

But the director isn’t wrong. Fans and outlets have a tendency to draw comparisons between two things all the time. It’s human nature to notice patterns, but more often than not, it misses the mark completely. That being said, we’re sure there are still plenty of Marvel fans who will see this film and imagine it as Black Widow’s true origin — at least until we get that origin film from Marvel.

What do you think of Lawrence’s comments? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I saws the trailer for this and immediately thought of Black widow. While his film may be something different they have no problem marketing it as so.

    • MoyBoto

      Seriously, even the name “red sparrow” sounds like “black widow”. Its a 1-syllable color followed by a 2-syllable animal lol.

    • Same here. First thing I thought when I saw the trailer.

  • suckit15694

    Looks like Marvel waited to long ?

  • I totally agree that this movie seems like the writer decided to pitch a Black Widow movie script to Marvel and it didn’t sell so they sold it to someone else. The similarities are there because both are based off of perceived training techniques that were used by the Soviet Union to train their spies.

    At least it isn’t like one of those horrible knockoff movies that only sell when a confused grandparent buys it thinking that Transmorphers or Revengers are the same as Transformers or Avengers. Those movies are so bad I can’t believe anyone else buys them.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.