Setting Up a New MCU Foe


Editor’s Be aware: This text accommodates spoilers for Black Widow.

Within the credit scene of Black Widow, we see Yelena (Florence Pugh) visiting a cemetery someday after the occasions of this solo movie. We see she’s on the grave of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), signaling that sure, Natasha actually did die through the occasions of Avengers: Endgame and he or she’s staying useless.

However then a stunning determine additionally seems on the gravesite: Valentina Allegra de Fontaine aka “Val” (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Yelena tells Val that she’s on vacation and never doing work for the time being, which lets us know that in contrast to Val’s introduction to U.S. Agent (Russell Wyatt) in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Yelena and Val have been working collectively for a while on unknown tasks. Val says she’s come by as a result of she is aware of that Yelena would need this mission as a result of she is aware of the individual liable for Natasha’s demise: she then palms her a pill with Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on it, which units up a confrontation between Natasha’s sister and finest pal.


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After all, MCU followers know that Clint wasn’t liable for Natasha’s demise as he tried to sacrifice himself to get the Soul Stone, however she merely outmaneuvered him. I’d be keen to wager that Val is aware of this too as a result of to this point, her M.O. appears to be establishing her personal darkish model of The Avengers. She already has her Captain America with U.S. Agent and now she has her Black Widow with Yelena. We also reported back in December that Florence Pugh was coming to the upcoming Disney+ Hawkeye collection starring Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, so this credit scene type of capabilities as a lead-in to her look there.

The bigger query this scene raises is how far with Val get in her try to put collectively a darker Avengers? Is Yelena actually going to kill Barton or will he handle to clarify that he needed to sacrifice himself and save Natasha? And what actually is Val’s long-game right here aside from amassing morally doubtful figures for her personal group? Marvel Comics has been right here earlier than after they had X-Drive working as type of the Black Ops of the Marvel Universe, and it’s potential that Val isn’t “evil” as a lot as she’s keen to create her personal group that does the soiled work MCU heroes received’t. After all, this is also prelude to a hero-turn the place characters like U.S. Agent and Yelena uncover their higher natures, flip towards Val, and be part of the Avengers correct.

As for the Hawkeye of all of it, I’ll be curious to see how a lot of an element Yelena performs in that collection. We don’t know if she’s the primary antagonist for Barton or if she’ll be skulking round on the margins of the plot ready for her alternative. I’ll say it’s attention-grabbing that within the very first Marvel film again, they’ve chosen to make use of their stinger scene to arrange an MCU collection quite than the subsequent film. It leads me to marvel what precisely we’ll be seeing once we get Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals later this 12 months. As for Hawkeye, the collection is slated to debut on Disney+ earlier than the top of 2021.

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