As the primary movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s highly-anticipated Section 4, Black Widow can remedy a number of mysteries that followers have been debating for years. Arriving in theaters on Might 1, Black Widow options Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) in her first-ever solo journey. Johansson can be joined by Florence Pugh (Little Ladies), David Harbour (Stranger Issues), and Rachel Weisz, whereas Cate Shortland is directing.
Ever since Black Widow made her MCU debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2, followers have been clamoring for a solo movie for the Russian assassin-turned-Avenger. For a very long time, it appeared like Black Widow would by no means get her time within the highlight, and that appeared very true when she died in Avengers: Endgame. Regardless of that, she is lastly getting her personal film. Black Widow is ready between Captain America: Civil Battle and Avengers: Infinity Battle and can observe Natasha as she confronts her previous and the individuals she left behind.
Natasha’s previous position as an murderer means there are loads of query marks left in her backstory, ones that the film can fill in. Whereas it is unlikely that Black Widow will be capable to contact on all of them, hopefully it is going to provide an explanation for a minimum of a pair. The followers (and Natasha) deserve some solutions.
One of many largest questions lingering in MCU followers’ minds for years has been about Budapest. This refers to a few strains exchanged between Natasha and her closest buddy, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), in The Avengers. Through the Chitauri invasion, Black Widow and Hawkeye combat side-by-side. Black Widow remarks, “Similar to Budapest over again.” Clint, bemused, responds, “You and I bear in mind Budapest very otherwise.” It is a superb little second that hints at these characters’ wealthy historical past with out feeling too expository or clunky. It additionally will get one other shout-out in Endgame, when Natasha and Clint make the deadly journey to Vormir for the Soul Stone.
Hawkeye was ordered to take Black Widow out when she was nonetheless an murderer, however he ended up saving her and inducting her into SHIELD as a substitute. There’s an opportunity the Budapest incident may very well be how they met, or it may very well be a routine SHIELD mission the 2 launched into collectively earlier than their Avengers days. Both method, the little hints to the occasion have sparked followers’ imaginations and left them questioning precisely what transpired. The first trailer for Black Widow confirmed photographs of Budapest, which suggests Black Widow will lastly clear up the thriller of what went down there. Because it’s unclear if Renner will make a cameo, although, there might not be any flashbacks.
To grow to be an murderer, Natasha was educated within the Crimson Room, a Russian facility that took younger ladies and molded them into killers. The comics have delved into Black Widow’s previous with the Crimson Room greater than the flicks have, although audiences received a glimpse of Natasha’s time there in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Due to Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) magic, Black Widow has to relive her Crimson Room coaching, together with moments the place she shot a hooded man and was sterilized. Nonetheless, the flashbacks do not present many concrete moments outdoors of the sterilization, as a substitute displaying her recollections as fractured moments and pictures.
Black Widow might present extra particulars concerning Natasha’s expertise within the Crimson Room, equivalent to how she got here to hitch it. That particularly could be an intriguing plot level to cowl, because it might give some perception into her life earlier than she was an murderer. The trailer already confirmed the Crimson Room will play an important half within the story, and supporting characters Yelena Belova (Pugh) and Melina Vostokoff (Weisz) have additionally gone via the rigorous program. It is extremely seemingly that flashbacks can be proven, or on the very least that Natasha will speak about her expertise within the Crimson Room.
Past her time within the Crimson Room, not a lot about Black Widow’s previous is understood. Natasha herself would not appear to know a lot, which supplies a superb story alternative for Black Widow. In Endgame, when Natasha and Clint arrive on Vormir, they’re greeted by the Crimson Cranium (Ross Marquand). Crimson Cranium refers to Black Widow as “Natasha, daughter of Ivan.” Later, when Clint disparages Crimson Cranium’s data of who their mother and father have been, Natasha confesses she did not even know.
One rationalization is she was taken from her mother and father when she was very younger and put into the Crimson Room straight away. One other is that Ivan willingly put her there, both to guard her or for some nefarious purpose. Or maybe Ivan is a part of the Crimson Room himself, and he was one of many individuals who educated her. There are a number of methods the story might go. If Black Widow chooses to disclose who Ivan is, odds are Natasha will not discover out he’s her father, since this film takes place earlier than Endgame. Nonetheless, it could be thrilling for followers in the event that they uncovered extra details about Natasha’s mother and father.
Captain America: Civil Battle sees the Avengers break up aside after disagreeing over the Sokovia Accords. Natasha notably sides with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who’s in favor of the Accords, in the course of the battle and has to combat reverse her one-time accomplice and buddy, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Nonetheless, she nonetheless aids Steve at an important second, and he or she ends the movie on the run due to it. She is then on her personal, however Infinity Battle later picks up together with her preventing alongside Steve and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who’ve since shaped their very own band of rogue Avengers.
Precisely how Natasha got here to hitch Captain America and Falcon (and sport quick blonde hair) is a thriller. Presumably, she joins them after her unfinished enterprise with the Crimson Room is wrapped up, however how precisely does she discover them? And what prompts her to rejoin them after the whole lot that is occurred? Whereas Evans almost certainly will not make an look in Black Widow, his character can nonetheless get a shout out. And with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on the horizon, a cameo from Mackie is not fully out of the query. Nonetheless, it is extra seemingly that Natasha will simply be proven searching for Steve and Sam out on the finish of the movie, thus bridging the hole between Civil Battle and Infinity Battle.