after more than a year of waiting, and ten years after scarlett johansson first appeared as the main character in the marvel movie iron man 2, marvel studios finally released the black widow solo movie that He tells us his origin story.
If you’re wondering how this new movie fits into the period of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, read on to find out.
black widow wonder timeline
marvel movies are rarely linear, and the mcu timeline can be quite confusing. And the last time you saw her, you’re pretty sure you saw Natasha’s death in the present day at the end of Avengers: Endgame. so how does black widow fit into the mcu timeline?
black widow is set earlier in the marvel timeline and in case you need clarification, here is exactly when the black widow story happens in the mcu timeline: right after captain america : civil war and before avengers: infinity war. so around 2016-ish.
If you need a more specific time period, Black Widow takes place right during the events of the Captain America: Civil War movie, before Natasha betrays Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and switches sides to Team Cap. .
In Civil War, Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier) were in hiding, and Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and Falcon were imprisoned in an underwater prison called Raft. Iron Man and his team were under government control.
At the beginning of the movie, we hear secretary ross (william hurt) say that clint barton (hawkeye), sam wilson (falcon), and the incredible dwindling convict (ant-man) are in custody, which puts us in this timeline. In addition, she also comments that she is lonely and that the Avengers are separated throughout the film.
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mcu storylines during black widow
here are some wonderful stories that take place simultaneously during the black widow timeline.
the prologue to black widow, in which we see a young natasha romanoff, takes place in 1995. we see her as an 11-year-old girl living in ohio with her apparently normal family, but then we learn that this it’s just a ruse. Hers Her “her parents,” Red Guardian Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour) and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), were Russian spies on a three-year mission to obtain mind-control technology from Shield.
The main events of Captain Marvel are happening at the same time.
Most of Black Widow takes place in 2016, after she betrays Team Iron Man and helps Captain America (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) escape in the Civil War movie.
Natasha decides to go into hiding in Europe, but is contacted by her fictional sister from the past, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), as she too is a fugitive who escaped from the mind control training facility called the Red Room. . . the film largely develops around this plot.
remembering his own time in the red room, he helped his adoptive family bring it down.
Right now, we know that the events of Civil War are taking place, as well as the Marvel movies Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok.
The post-credits scene in Black Widow takes place in the MCU sometime in 2023, right after Natasha dies in Avengers: Endgame. we see yelena cleaning her grave.
Other events that take place in the same period are Wandavision, Spider-Man: Far From Home and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
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does dreykov and the widows play a role in other mcu stories?
Although Dreykov played an important role in Natasha’s past, he didn’t play as important a role in other Marvel stories. we learn that he is the instructor of the red room and that he has a wide network of young girls whom he called “widows”, but that’s about it.
“Widows” are trained to become deadly killers and are mind controlled and psychologically trained to be obedient. in a way, the young women become a kind of human weapon.
black widow ending
When we see Natasha in the final scene of the film, she has a radically new look: her hair is blonde and she’s wearing her sister’s jacket. She meets Mason, a smuggler, who lends her a jet to help her escape from the raft prison.
In the movie Captain America: Civil War, when Captain America finally arrived and entered the raft to rescue his friends, he was using a jet. And while we don’t see Black Widow Natasha anywhere in the scene, we learn of her contribution through the film.
is natasha really dead? post-credit explanation
we see natasha die on planet vormir while helping hawkeye retrieve the soul stone at the end of avengers: endgame, so yeah she’s really dead.
After the credits roll, we see Yelena cleaning her grave and Contessa Valentina (Julia Louis Dreyfus), Val in short, getting closer. yelena complains about having to talk about her work during her vacation, and val tells her that he has a new goal for her. she shows a picture of hawkeye.
We don’t know why Val would want to see Hawkeye dead, but we assume this will be revealed in the Hawkeye TV series.
frequently asked questions
hawk eye on black widow?
Although Hawkeye is referenced many times in the film, Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, never actually appears in the film.
who is the sister of the black widow?
Although they are not related by blood, Natasha grew up with Yelena for a few years in Ohio while her fictional family was on a secret mission to obtain Shield’s mind control technology.
why did marvel change foreman in black widow?
In the Black Widow comics, Taskmaster is a criminal who has amazing photographic reflexes . he can imitate the movements of his opponents and thus be able to predict each of his movements. In one incident, he trained some on Captain America’s fighting style and the best way to defeat him. his name is tony masters.
in the black widow movie, however, the foreman is a mind-controlled antonia dreykov, the daughter of dreykov from the red room himself. this move felt like nothing more than a way to amp up the drama, and the character felt like a waste since she didn’t even show any of the foreman’s signature moves.
Although we feel that the MCU’s Black Widow movie didn’t really bring anything new to the franchise story-wise, it still gives the main Black Widow character her much-needed backstory and ties some plotlines together neatly.
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