Natasha and Yelena’s sister bond resonates beyond the events of Black Widow.
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Black widow sent Natasha Romanoff on her long-awaited solo mission when the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and its delicious post-credits scene hit theaters and Premier Disney Plus Access on Friday. director Cate shortlandthe movie sees the super spyScarlett Johansson) reviewing his dark past.
That old life includes her fellow spy Yelena Belova, Melina Vostokoff, and Alexei Shostakov (Florence pugh, Rachel Weisz other David port), with whom he meets again.
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The main adventure – see our separate final explainer for that, go back to the period right after Captain America: Civil War, but the post-credits scene takes place at a more recent point in the timeline. Let’s take a look at some SPOILERS.
Mission of revenge
Some time after Natasha gave her life to obtain the Soul Stone and help thwart Thanos’ evil plans in Avengers Endgame, Yelena takes her dog Fanny to visit her grave. This is presumably in Ohio (their shared childhood home) and the grave appears to be under a cherry blossom tree, much like the tree that Dreykov said Natasha’s biological mother was buried next to.
The words “Daughter, sister, avenger” are inscribed on the tombstone.
Val’s plan remains a mystery, but it seems like he’s putting together a team of exceptional people with axes to grind.
This quiet moment is interrupted by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who blows her nose and says she’s allergic to the Midwest. Val has Yelena’s next target: Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye.
“Maybe you’d like to see the man responsible for your sister’s death,” Val says, before handing him a tablet with Clint’s photo. “Kind of cute, don’t you think?”
The events of Avengers: Endgame return to haunt Hawkeye.
It seems that the upcoming Disney Plus Hawkeye series you just got your villain (or one of your villains, at least). We don’t know why Val wants Clint dead, but he might just be the first target in a plot to replace the Avengers with his own pawns.
Sometime between the events of Black Widow and the period after Avengers: Endgame, Yelena began working for Val — she regrets that Val shows up during her “vacation.” We previously saw Val at the load two The Disney Plus episodes show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, when he recruited fallen Captain America John Walker and gave him the name of Agent of the USA.
Val is still a big question mark. In the comics, Val worked for SHIELD but it was revealed that he was a Russian sleeper agent. She also infiltrated Hydra for SHIELD and assumed the identity of Madame Hydra, but her true loyalty was to the Russians (maybe).
We still don’t know who MCU Val is working for and what his plan is, but his comic book history offers plenty of options. He could be helping to restore Hydra or working for some underground extra-government group.
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Given her recruitment of highly skilled people who have been through a difficult time, Yelena spent years as a brainwashed assassin and Walker lost her shield to publicly killing a boy – Val may be trying to create an MCU equivalent to the Thunderbolts or Dark Avengers from the comics. Both super teams were made up of villains, unknown to the world at large.
Yelena is likely to attempt to kill Clint only briefly during her series, in a classic “hero fight due to misunderstanding, then they team up” comic-style setting as she confronted Natasha while attempting to die instead. and Yelena will probably end up mourning her loss together. The show (which also introduce Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop) is scheduled to arrive at Disney Plus by the end of 2021.
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