And Black Widow follows the Marvel custom of the end-credits scene, so, even should you’re busting to go to the toilet, stick round – it’ll be value it.
Each Marvel Cinematic Universe film has had both mid-credits or end-credits scenes, generally each, apart from Avengers: Endgame as a result of it actually was the tip of an period, and it didn’t must set anything up. Somewhat, we needed to sit with our ideas – scary.
Someplace in Ohio, amongst a serene, tree-lined spot, the digicam pans down to seek out Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova standing on the gravesite of Natasha Romanoff.
The headstone has Natasha’s identify on it, together with tributes like flowers and items, however possibly her physique’s not there? We didn’t see Clint Barton deliver it again so presumably it’s both nonetheless on Vormir the place Nat sacrificed herself in change for the Soul Stone in Endgame or it’s simply disappeared into the universe.
Anyway! Yelena is wanting unhappy, and since Nat is lifeless, we all know the story has jumped from the pre-Infinity Conflict occasions to the post-Endgame occasions.
A lady sidles as much as her – it’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus!
Yelena calls her Valentina and reminds JLD that she was informed she had this time to herself so why is JLD right here?
JLD brings out an iPad and asks Yelena if she needs to seek out the particular person liable for her sister’s loss of life. Minimize to, a picture of Clint Barton. Dun dun dun.
Should you don’t know who JLD is within the MCU, you then didn’t watch to the tip of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
JLD performs a personality known as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. She’s a recruiter of super-powered folks, similar to Wyatt Russell’s John Walker. Clearly, she has already recruited Yelena sooner or later.
To what finish? We’re unsure but. She could possibly be a black hat, she could possibly be a white hat however extra doubtless she’s sporting a gray hat, working in that morally ambiguous zone that spies generally do.
Within the comics, the character labored alongside Nick Fury, however she’s additionally been a double agent.
Contemplating Yelena isn’t a foul particular person, it’s exhausting to think about that she would knowingly work for a nefarious facet. And by the tip of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, John Walker is midway to redemption too.
As a result of Black Widow was initially purported to be launched in April 2020, a 12 months earlier than The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Valentina was to have made her debut in Black Widow.
However, even Marvel’s finest laid plans can’t stand up to a pandemic. Nonetheless, the sequencing works.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Natasha have an extended historical past, all the way in which again to the Budapest operation which was usually reference and which we now know was the second Nat defected to SHIELD.
Nat and Clint have been each on Vormir once they went to retrieve the Soul Stone throughout Endgame. And to be able to purchase the Soul Stone, it required an change.
Though they each tried to throw themselves over the cliff, making the final word sacrifice, Nat bought there first and saved her good friend and the world.
Yelena doubtless doesn’t know the main points. So far as she’s involved, Nat died whereas Clint lived. Out of grief, she would possibly maintain him liable for her loss of life.
It’s organising fairly the showdown on the upcoming Hawkeye collection on Disney+.
Reviews got here out late final 12 months that Pugh had joined the forged of Hawkeye, which is able to star Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld.
Steinfeld is slated to play Kate Bishop, who within the comics takes over from Clint as the brand new Hawkeye. It’s very a lot wanting just like the MCU is organising a brand new era of superheroes.
Hawkeye doesn’t have a launch date but, solely late-2021.