The MCU is not any stranger to in-universe memes. After over a decade of interconnected motion pictures, the characters are in a position to wink at one another with shared information simply as a lot as they’re in a position to wink on the viewers. Of those little gags and references shared between Avengers, Black Widow and Hawkeye’s mysterious Budapest journey is one which’s lingered round, if solely as a result of it was by no means truly clarified what truly occurred or why that specific journey turned so memorable.
That’s, till now. 9 years after that first Budapest shout-out in The Avengers, Black Widow has lastly elaborated precisely what the Budapest mission was, what occurred, and why it caught out a lot for each Natasha and Clint Barton.
Spoilers for Black Widow from this level out, so think about your self warned.
It seems that the Budapest state of affairs wasn’t only a random fun-filled mission that Clint and Natasha participated in–it was the final step in Natasha’s defection to SHIELD, and it concerned Natasha assassinating (or making an attempt to assassinate) the pinnacle honcho of the Purple Room, Normal Dreykov.
The truth that Natasha defected from the Purple Room is not new information–this has been a central a part of her character from the beginning, however how the method truly occurred has been left obscure. The truth is, most particulars in regards to the Purple Room at giant have been stored undefined till now. We had some flashbacks and references to processes just like the pressured sterilization that Purple Room brokers have been pressured to bear and the ballet classes that got, however that is about it.
Even given the dearth of concrete context for the MCU’s Purple Room, it in all probability comes as no shock that going rogue from a prime secret spy group wasn’t a simple course of. Natasha was partnered with Clint Barton and despatched after Dreykov as a remaining demonstration of loyalty, a mission that left them (presumably) undercover in Budapest for a while–so lengthy that they even had a particular hideout within the vents of a subway station the place they may lay low.
Throughout the mission, Natasha someway managed to arrange a secret explosive entice for Dreykov–but needed to settle for that his younger daughter could be collateral harm when she set it off.
However unintentional villain origins apart, it is simple to see why Budapest turned a memorable incident for each Clint and Natasha, particularly if it actually was the final piece of Natasha’s take care of SHIELD in her emancipation from the Purple Room. Although, the added context of intentional baby homicide does make a few of these humorous quips a bit (or loads) darker looking back.
Black Widow is presently in theaters and accessible to stream on Disney+ with Premier Entry.