The film follows Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), a former ballerina who is trained in seduction and manipulation by a Russian spy program. She eventually becomes the best "Sparrow" to graduate the program, and has to wrestle with her newfound power while targeting an American CIA agent.
Between that synopsis and the film's past two trailers, people are drawing quite a few parallels to Marvel's Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. There's quite a bit of irony with that, considering the fact that fans have been clamoring to see a Black Widow solo movie for quite some time. (And, well, the nature of that recent Disney/Fox merger.)
While an actual Black Widow movie still remains some sort of distant possibility, Red Sparrow is already creating quite a stir online, particularly for those feeling a case of deja vu. Here's a round-up of some of our favorite tweets about Red Sparrow's similarities to Black Widow.
So...Red Sparrow is basically Black Widow right?— Maz Kate-nata (@QueenOCansNJars) January 8, 2018
How come Scarlett Johansson isn't in the Black Widow prequel and why is it called Red Sparrow?— Andy Lewis (@andyblewis) January 8, 2018
Red Sparrow is exactly the sort of movie I wouldn’t want a Black Widow movie to be.— Kendall Goode (thirty) (@kendallgoode) January 8, 2018
WRITER 1: What can we title this so nobody suspects it's just a Black Widow knock-off?
WRITER 2: ... Red... Sparrow?
STUDIO: Here is a check with many zeroes. https://t.co/vi7dCj3ZHK— Jeff Weiner (@JeffWeinerOS) January 8, 2018
RED SPARROW feels like the Wal-Mart Good Value brand version of what should've been Marvel's BLACK WIDOW standalone film.— Adam Frazier (@AdamFrazier) January 8, 2018
Now that Disney owns Fox, I'm sure they could pull this into the MCU and say it's the same program Natasha went through as a child. Then make the sequel "Red Sparrow vs Black Widow." Boom. https://t.co/SHoQgusyf9— Keith Chow (@the_real_chow) January 8, 2018
red sparrow: can I copy your homework?— ??? (@QUEENSOVERElGN) January 7, 2018
black widow/marvel: sure but don’t make it obvious https://t.co/jmwrLPPauK
If you put Atomic Blonde, The Villainess, and Red Sparrow into a blender you'd end up with the best version of a Black Widow movie.— Brian C. (@Doctor_Bargain) January 8, 2018
everyone's so pressed about the red sparrow movie but all i'm gonna say is i'm glad at least SOMEONE saw the potential in a black widow-type story when marvel has been avoiding it for the past decade.
jennifer lawrence, take all my money.— rebel scum katarina (@hulkwidows) January 8, 2018