Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are known to making the audience sit through the entire credits roll. Marvel Studios use an intelligent strategy, which is to include a short scene after credits that is more like an advertisement to future projects of Marvel. Similarly, there is a post-credits scene in Black Widow and if you haven’t watched the movie or missed the post-credits scene, a BIG SPOILER-ALERT.
Black Widow starts off after the events of Captain America: Civil War and ends right before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, filling the gap between the movies, Black Widow tells us what did Natasha(Scarlett Johansson) as a fugitive does at that time. Her Russian family reunion and enemies from the past are important to deal with and so she does.
Detailed break down of the Black Widow post-credits scene
Yelena Belova(Florence Pugh) arrives at the gravesite of Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, her sister. She gets emotional crying over her death and it’s obvious that this is taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Though we know Natasha sacrificed herself for the soul stone against the wishes of Clint Barton, does the world know about it? Does Yelena know about it?
Out of thin air, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine(Julia Louis-Dreyfus), long for Val, appears beside Yelena to recruit her with a better pack check. Val wants Yelena to kill the person responsible for the death of her sister. Pulls a freaking iPad mini from her hand back, A FREAKING MINI iPad, remember, this is taking place after 2023. On the iPad, we see a picture of Clint Barton, who Yelena is supposed to kill.
And if you missed the little detail of Yelena’s dog from the beginning of the post-credits scene. The dog is named Fanny, a reference to the fake ID Natasha had from the agent earlier in the movie.
What does the post-credits scene mean for the future of MCU?
Believe it or not, Black Widow laid a huge groundwork for the coming phases of the MCU. We have Yelena returning in the Hawkeye Series coming on Disney+, in which this post-credits scene gains complete meaning.
MCU movies advertise the coming projects through these post-credits scenes, Val who first appeared in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is conspiring something big, maybe recruiting a team of people for Thunderbolts. From the comics, we know Thunderbolts are a group of supervillains who become heroes to protect earth after all the Avengers die.
Clearly, most Avengers are not active anymore, Iron Man is dead, Captain America is old, Thor is gone with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk is in a bad shape after the snap, Black Widow is dead and only Hawkeye is good enough to be a threat to the bad guys. This might be the reason why Val wants Clint dead.
Marvel definitely is telling us that we must focus on its TV shows as we do for the movies. Disney wants us to watch both the Marvel movies and Marvel TV shows with great attention. By doing so, Disney+ will gain good subscribers to defeat Netflix in the long term competition to rule the online movie streaming industry.
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