The cast for the upcoming American superhero film, Black Widow, was spotted in Tangier shooting scenes in early October 2019. Director Cate Shortland started filming in May 2019 in Norway, before coming to Morocco, The main cast, starring Scarlett Johansson and castmates David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz, also shot footage in England, Hungary, and Macon, Georgia. The 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 1, 2020. Johansson will play Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. She described the film as “an opportunity to explore the Widow as a woman who has come into her own and is making independent and active choices for herself.”
Tangier is Morocco’s northernmost city and is located a forty-minute ferry ride from Tarifa, Spain. Since it’s International Zone Period (1924-1956) when nine European Countries governed it, the Bride of the North has inspired filmmakers, writers from the Beat Generation, and artists to settle in and create their masterpieces. Among the many films that have taken place in Tangier is Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky (1990). It is based on Paul Bowles novel and tells the story of a couple traveling through Morocco.