Black Widow Is A Prequel That Will Effect The MCU In A Big Way

Black Widow is finally here. After 14 months worth of delays due to the covid-19 pandemic, the highly-anticipated film is now in theaters. The movie also available on Disney Plus with premier access. The MCU has had prequels before, such as Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain Marvel; however outside of origin films, the series has never went backwards like this before. Black Widow takes place between Captain America: Civil War and The Avengers: Infinity War. Originally fans expected to see a prequel take place during her dark past, however this was not the case. The film does manage to reveal a lot about her past. This is done through the exploration of her “family” and the infamous red room (where Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill).

Black Widow Trailer

Black Widow is the first film of phase four of the MCU, but as a prequel one might wonder where, how, and why it fits in. Despite these circumstances, Black Widow reveals plenty of revelations that will change the future of the MCU in a huge way. While the Disney Plus shows like Loki are setting up the multiverse, Black Widow is a grounded movie that still makes waves. This article contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Five Reveals That Affect The MCU Going Forward

There Is Another Living Super Soldier

Red Guardian

Natasha Romanoff spent her childhood in a cover family full of Russian spies. The father of this family, Alexei Shostakov, is the infamous Red Guardian. He is basically the Russian version of Captain America. Yep, that’s right, Alexei Shostakov is a super soldier. Considering The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Helmut Zemo wants to rid the world of super soldier, Red Guardian’s existence is a bit of a loose end. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Zemo and the Red Guardian in the same MCU Disney Plus show or movie in the future. Perhaps Isaiah Bradley, an other living super soldier will make an appearance as well.

Black Widow Had A Family After All

In my mind it always made sense that Black Widow could sacrifice herself over Clint. Even though he was filled with guilt and regret, Clint still has a family to worry about. Natasha would do “whatever it takes” to bring back everyone lost after Thanos eliminated half of all life. Black Widow creates a fallacy with this logic though. Natasha Romanoff did have a family; a family she only just rekindled with five years prior to her death.

Black Widow's Family

For all we know, her family were all eliminated by Thanos’ snap as well. As of writing, we don’t know if this is the case. What we do know is her cover sister Yelena (and likely the rest of her cover family) mourns her dearly. Tony and Steve even discuss whether or not Natasha had a family. After Tony asks if Natasha has a family, Steve replies “yeah, us”. It seems that Natasha was blessed with not one, but two families after all.

Yelena Is Recruited By Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine

Yelena Belova

Speaking of her sister Yelena, she is likely to become the new Black Widow in the MCU. This rendition of the Black Widow might not start off as an Avenger though. During a post-credit scene, Yelena is recruited by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. The mysterious woman asks Yelena if she would like to “take a shot at the man responsible” for Natasha’s death.

The Thunderbolts Are Coming

Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine

Judging by the dialogue during the scene, it seems that Yelena is already working for Valentina. The significance of this scene is that this next mission will tie directly into the upcoming Disney Plus show, Hawkeye. This scene has huge implications for the future of the MCU. The Thunderbolts (or Dark Avengers) are clearly forming, Yelena will likely take over the mantle of Black Widow, and Hawkeye will undoubtedly face off against his best friend’s sister. Adding to the significance of this scene, this scene is possibly the most recent one in the MCU timeline.

Black Widow And Hawkeye In Budapest

For years fans have been asking “what happened in Budapest?”. Now we finally have an answer to that question. Black Widow was originally recruited by Nick Fury in Budapest. It seems that she did not go easy though, as the walls of the meeting spot has arrow holes in the walls. This suggests that Natasha and Clint fought before becoming good friends.

Hawkeye

The End Of General Dreykov

After breaking free from the control of General Dreykov and his vile red room, Black Widow seeks revenge. In a desperate attempt to free all of the other widows and put an end to the red room, Natasha follows Dreykov’s daughter to his location and sets off a bomb. She believed that she had killed him and his daughter, and while she succeeded in her mission, the death of Antonia Dreykov haunts her forever. Loki even taunts Natasha with this incident during his incarceration in 2012’s The Avengers. Antonia Dreykov ends up surviving the blast, but Natasha doesn’t find out until the events of the movie unfold.

The Taskmaster Is Still Out There

Taskmaster Black Widow

Antonia Dreykov doesn’t just survive the previously mentioned blast. She is turned into Dreykov’s best Black Widow yet. Utilizing a computer chip and robotic suit, the general’s daughter is able to mimic any fighting style. She is also able to read an opponent’s moves and learn how to defeat them quite easily. The wild part is that the Taskmaster is still out there. Rather than kill her foe, Natasha frees Antonia from her horrible father’s control. The Taskmaster is still out there, and it is possible she will follow Yelena’s lead and join the Thunderbolts (or Dark Avengers).

What do you think about these revelations? Do you think Black Widow set up phase four of the MCU well? Let us know in the comments.