Black Widow has introduced curtains down on the timeline of Natasha Romanoff, giving an ideal send-off to actor Scarlett Johansson within the MCU, an OG Avenger. The newest Marvel providing has additionally opened up a number of prospects for the way forward for Nat’s sister Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) within the universe.
Black Widow’s post-credit scene provides us a sneak peek into what lies forward in Yelena’s story, with the shock look of a personality who was launched within the Marvel Cinematic Universe just lately.
Black Widow is about between Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and ends with Natasha zooming off to affix her fellow Avengers to combat Thanos. Now, we’re properly versed about what occurred in Endgame, with Nat sacrificing her life to avoid wasting her greatest buddy Clint Barton and procure the Soul Stone.
Cut to Black Widow’s post-credits the place her sister Yelena Belova is standing by the grave of Natasha, presumably after the occasions of Endgame. She even whistles in the identical sample she did as a child together with her sister who would whistle again at her. And simply because the viewers skips a heartbeat, anticipating a potential reply from Nat, we solely hear silence.
At this second of mourning, Yelena is grabbed by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who we just lately noticed in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, providing a piece deal to John Walker (Wyatt Russell). In the Black Widow scene, she palms over a photograph to Yelena and says, “I’ve got your next target — thought I’d hand deliver it. Maybe you’d like a shot at the man responsible for your sister’s death.” The image is of Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who Yelena is satisfied is the rationale behind Natasha’s dying.
This post-credit scene hints at Yelena’s return in Marvel’s upcoming net present Hawkeye, that’ll premiere on Disney Plus later this yr. It additionally tells us that each Yelena and John Walker have been recruited by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine who as soon as had ties with HYDRA. This provides extra gas to the hypothesis that Val will probably be accountable for the MCU’s incarnation of the Dark Avengers, on condition that she already has a Captain America and a Black Widow stand-in.
In an interview with Variety, Scarlett Johansson spoke on the top of highway for her Natasha Romanoff. She mentioned, “I really am happy with the work I accomplished in my last decade-plus at Marvel. I feel like I’m going out on a high note with a movie I’m incredibly proud of. I feel like my work with Natasha is complete, if that is such a thing.”
Director Cate Shortland additionally revealed that the post-credits scene wasn’t part of the unique plot, and was shot throughout Black Widow reshoots in early 2020. The film’s unique manufacturing schedule was May to September 2019.
Florence Pugh added that the scene cements Yelena’s place and the truth that she is lastly accountable for her life for the primary time. The actor informed Variety, “She’s going to continue what she’s good at, and despite her sister not being there, she’s back working. If you look at her costume, and you look at the way that she’s dressed herself, it shows someone that’s flourishing. So to me, it was just really wonderful to kind of jump ahead and see she has been surviving. But, of course, it sets up a whole different challenge — which is Natasha’s fighting partner.”
Black Widow arrived on July 9 in North America and a number of other different territories. Disney additionally launched the movie on its streaming service Disney Plus as properly beneath its Premiere Access part for $30 on the identical date.
Fans in India may have needed to wait to look at the superhero actioner as all of the Premiere Access films are made out there to its subscribers by Disney after a couple of months. And that’s the day Disney Plus Hotstar releases them in India.