For greater than a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been fascinating audiences with a world stuffed with costumed heroes. Avengers: Endgame, after all, served as the ultimate curtain name for a number of key figures within the MCU. But the good thing about having such a broad tapestry on which to inform your tales is the flexibility to fill in any lingering narrative gaps afterward.
Case in level, Black Widow kicks off the MCU’s Phase 4, regardless of the dying of Scarlett Johansson’s character in Avengers: Endgame. The movie — as we’ve identified for some time — will happen through the two-year hole between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
Now we’ve discovered this glimpse into Natasha Romanoff’s private historical past will repay a reference arrange years earlier.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has alluded to Black Widow’s previous
Throughout the MCU, Black Widow has made no secret of her darkish previous. In truth, it underscores each heroic motion she takes within the motion pictures. Because she was skilled as a Russian murderer, Natasha has so much to atone for. At first, she does this by working for S.H.I.E.L.D., solely to search out out that too is corrupt. Then Natasha turns her consideration to the Avengers full time.
By the time Avengers: Endgame rolls round, she’s basically the final hero nonetheless staying on mission. And she in the end offers her life in service of that mission. But regardless that Black Widow is useless, the MCU appears to be like to provide the character her due and discover the previous solely hinted at in motion pictures like Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Fans to this point have solely seen highlights of what Natasha’s life was like pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. But she has a very telling dialog halfway by The Avengers. In an intense scene between Natasha and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the god of mischief taunts Black Widow about her previous deeds. As it seems, one thing Loki mentions will immediately play into Black Widow.
The movie will immediately handle her chat with Loki from ‘The Avengers’
Among the actions Loki references, he mentions “Dreykov’s daughter.” Presumably, Natasha wound up taking the lifetime of Dreykov’s daughter, since that was her specialty. But Dreykov himself has by no means once more been talked about or referenced. Now, in response to Empire journal (by way of Marvel Studios News), Dreykov will seem in Black Widow.
Actor Ray Winstone (The Departed) was already confirmed as a part of the solid. But it appears he will probably be taking part in Dreykov, who’s head of the Red Room the place Black Widow was skilled. Fans might keep in mind glimpses of this facility in Avengers: Age of Ultron amid Natasha’s visions. No phrase but if her coach, Madame B. (Julie Delpy), will issue into Black Widow as properly.
When the movie was introduced, followers assumed Black Widow would discover darkish corners of the character’s previous. But by the sounds of it, Natasha will probably be coping with a number of key figures from her life in Russia. Perhaps Dreykov is on the warpath for what occurred to his daughter. Maybe he’s related to the villainous Taskmaster. Or possibly he solely reveals up in flashback.
Will ‘Black Widow’ additionally play into the MCU’s long-term future?
At this level, it’s anybody’s guess how Black Widow will piece collectively the damaged shards of Natasha’s former life. Will audiences be taught something new concerning the oft-referenced Budapest incident involving Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)? Will some other Avengers make an look?
And maybe the most effective query: how will Black Widow have an effect on the remainder of Phase 4? Marvel Studios is normally very intentional about constructing its tales one piece at a time. So, regardless that Black Widow is basically an interquel between different motion pictures, absolutely it’ll additionally plant seeds that issue into future releases.
With the movie’s May 2020 launch date canceled as a result of coronavirus pandemic, followers should wait a bit longer to see Black Widow for themselves.