Note: The article contains Black Widow content disclosure.
After so much anticipation and waiting, the MCU finally returned to the big screen on July 9 with the blockbuster Black Widow – the first solo movie for super spy Natasha Romanoff. Set right after the end of Captain America: Civil War, this is considered a meaningful tribute to actress Scarlett Johansson before leaving the MCU, as well as an opportunity to introduce to the audience the character. Yelena Belova – The new upcoming Black Widow of this cinematic universe.
Yelena Belova is part of the future of the MCU, after Natasha Romanoff died in Endgame.
Most of Black Widow’s content takes place in the past, but the post-credits scene is set in reality (after the events of Avengers: Endgame). To summarize a bit, this scene revolves around Yelena visiting Natasha’s grave after her close sister who is not related by blood died in Vomir in exchange for the soul stone. The emotional atmosphere was quickly broken by the arrival of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who offered John Walker the chance to become the US Agent in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier series.
Valentina seems to have known Yelena for a long time, and is even her superior, having given her many important and dangerous missions. However, this time, the opponent Yelena has to face is a name that is extremely familiar to MCU fans: The super sniper Clint Barton/Hawkeye. Valentina said Hawkeye was the one who caused Natasha’s death, and this is a good opportunity for Yelena to avenge her sister. You can learn more about the character Valentina Allegra de Fontaine at this article.
Valentina wants Yelena to hunt down Hawkeye under the pretext of revenge for Natasha Romanoff.
The Black Widow credits make it very clear: Valentina wants Yelena to get rid of Clint Barton, not just arrest or steal information. That makes the audience really curious about who and what Valentina’s motives are in the MCU. After recruiting John Walker, the corrupted version of Captain America, she continued to want to kill another member of the Avengers. Compared to the original, it is not excluded that Valentina is plotting to restore HYDRA and take revenge on Nick Fury – her enemy and former lover in the comics.
On the other hand, it also makes fans worried about the fate of Clint Barton in the MCU. This cinematic universe is clearly going through a major generational transition, and his successor has been confirmed as Kate Bishop. Both will be the central characters of a separate series for Hawkeye on Disney+. In addition, some sources said that Yelena will also appear in this series. Connected to the Black Widow credits, Barton’s future doesn’t look so bright. But of course, it’s all just conjecture.
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The appearance of Valentina in the MCU may also be a premise for the Thunderbolt or Dark Avengers to land in this cinematic universe in the future. Thunderbolt is a team of rogue elements, disguised as a righteous superhero to gain the trust of the people, but always carry nefarious and evil plots. However, after many events, the team began to change their minds, re-evaluate their goals and start acting like true heroes. Meanwhile, Dark Avengers is considered version 2 of Thunderbolt, and John Walker is an official member of this team.
No matter what plans Marvel Studios is hatching, Black Widow’s post-credits scene has more or less paved the way for some of their future works. The most important of which is probably the Hawkeye series – the end of Clint Barton in this cinematic universe. Also, don’t forget that Yelena left with Taskmaster and the students of the Red Room academy in the final sequence of Black Widow. In other words, she holds an army of assassins, elite agents and can completely bring many surprises in the upcoming movies.