Finally Black Widow has landed in cinemas, with the standalone film about Black Widow that gives us an ending that needs an explanation, not so much for what happened in the post credit scene, but for its placement within the events of the MCU.
Obviously in the rest of the article there will be spoilers so, unless you are dying to understand the meaning of the last frames of the film, we advise you to stop reading this article now.
The explanation of the Black Widow ending
Unlike what has emerged in recent months, Black Widow features a single post credit scene (probably as a side effect of the numerous postponements of the film due to the pandemic) which is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame (with the death of Natasha on Vormir) and in any case in the “present” of the MCU, probably in 2023 or 2024.
The scene shows Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) visiting the tomb of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson). It is a simple plaque bearing the epithet “Daughter, Sister, Avenger” and which is located on a hill under a tree, probably in the same place where Nat’s biological mother is buried.
Yelena is approached, in a way that I personally found cloyingly “comical”, given the situation and the place, by Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) that we already met in the series The Falcon And The Winter Soldier.
The character, who without the postponements due to Covid-19 should have made his debut in Black Widow and then subsequently appeared in the Disney + show, introduces himself to Yelena showing the latter his next goal. It is about Clint Burton / Hawkeye that according to the devious Valentina is responsible for Natasha’s death.
It is clear how Yelena will initially start chasing Hawkeyes as we will see Florence Pugh and her character in the TV series again. Hawkeye.
The birth of an anti-Avengers team
Despite the change of plans and the introduction of the character of Valentina Allegra in The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, the plot of the events does not seem to have changed radically, with the countess taking on a role at Nick Fury and, having already recruited among the his US Agent files, he seems to have done the same thing with Yelena and, perhaps, also with Baron Zemo.
Here, then, that the one who in the comics is also known as Madame HYDRA is probably already setting up the Thunderbolts, a group of characters whose origins see them as members of this anti-Avengers team in Phase 4 of the MCU and beyond.