Who is taskmaster in Black Widow?
One of the big revelations in Marvel's Black Widow is that Taskmaster—a character whose identity is hidden for 80% of the movie—is revealed to be Antonia Dreykov, played by Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion). GizmodoMarvel's Black Widow: Let's Talk About Taskmaster
Is Iron Man in Black Widow?
The actor was earlier rumoured to have a cameo in the Scarlett Johansson's MCU film. ... But the film is missing one much-awaited thing that MCU fans expected: the cameo of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. The actor was rumoured to have a cameo in the Scarlett Johansson-starrer but was missing in the final cut. The Indian ExpressBlack Widow director explains why Scarlett Johansson starrer MCU film doesn’t have Tony Stark cameo
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13 July, 2021 - 05:15pm
13 July, 2021 - 05:15pm
After multiple delays, Black Widow has finally released, giving Scarlett Johansson's character her first (and only) solo adventure in the MCU. The movie has come at an odd time, considering that Black Widow's MCU story ended in 2019 when she gave her life to get the Soul Stone in Avengers: Endgame. Though the character is confirmed dead and isn't coming back, Marvel was able to find a way to make a movie centered on her work in the MCU. Diving into an event that took place before Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow shed some light on the "family" Natasha had as a young girl and the experiences that shaped her into a Soviet superspy.
At last, Black Widow handed Natasha Romanoff the spotlight she has long deserved, while also proving that her character and her supporting cast have the potential to drive their own franchise in the same way that Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor have. The events of Black Widow set up two possible directions for sequels, and both could actually have been taken at some point. The sisterly bond between Natasha and Yelena (Florence Pugh) could have been central to a proper team-up movie involving the two Widows, as the two had an interesting dynamic that definitely felt like it was worth exploring more than just once.
The problem is that neither of these follow-ups is feasible. Infinity War kicked off shortly after the movie's events, leaving no room for either Black Widow sequel idea to happen in the MCU's timeline. Plus, Johansson has already made it clear that Black Widow's story is finished and won't be getting another chapter. It's that Marvel is at least keeping Pugh's Yelena around via Hawkeye, but no future adventures with Black Widow and her spy family is disappointing, as well as one more sign that Marvel really did wait too long to make Black Widow. If this story had come earlier, a Black Widow trilogy could have provided full and meaningful arcs for Natasha, Yelena, Melina (Rachel Weisz), and Red Guardian.
13 July, 2021 - 01:49pm
Black Widow put the strength of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) on display, but one character seemed to have the upper hand in some areas. After spending years in Ohio, posing as the young daughters of Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour) and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), Natasha and Yelena ended up as candidates to train as assassins in the Red Room. While both women became Black Widows, Nat had a much different journey after escaping the control of the Soviet training program. Cate Shortland's Black Widow provided insight into Nat's dark past while justifying her decisions in joining S.H.I.E.L.D., and eventually, the Avengers.
Unfortunately for Nat's "sister," leaving behind her life as a KGB assassin spy controlled by General Dreykov (Ray Winstone) wasn't a viable option. Instead, Yelena was forced to remain fighting alongside her fellow Black Widow graduates while she dreamed about her former life in Ohio. Upon chasing down and killing a rogue Black Widow in Morocco, Yelena learned that she was the victim of a mind-control agent. With the use of a vial holding the Red Dust antidote, Yelena was able to take back control of her own mind, setting her on a mission alongside Nat to find Dreykov, destroy the Red Room, free the current Black Widows.
Before Nat and Yelena agreed to work together, the pair had a violent reunion in Budapest. After considering Nat her real sister, Yelena was understandably not too pleased about being left behind in life. It was also difficult for Yelena to learn about Nat trading in her assassin title to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. During their encounter, the reunion broke out into a one-on-one duel, which proved the two characters were quite evenly matched. This shouldn't have come as a surprise seeing as both were adequately trained as Black Widows, meaning they could go shot-for-shot throughout the apartment. After taking the fight through the apartment, Nat and Yelena were at a standstill, both being choked by the curtains until agreeing to a truce. Despite the even display of strength in Black Widow, it seemed as though Yelena might have an advantage in terms of power.
There was also evidence pointing to Yelena relying on her surroundings to get the upper hand on her opponent. She was quicker to grab objects around the apartment to use as weapons when battling her sister in Morocco. Yelena was also the one to steer the car in reverse so the broken passenger door would crash into the pursuing Widow on the motorcycle. Though she had a habit of coming prepared with her weapons and special utility vest, Yelena was extremely quick on her feet, making her a dangerous opponent.
Seeing as Nat was always an underrated character in her own right, the fact that Yelena has been made equally as strong, if not stronger, gives her a lot of potential beyond Black Widow. Aside from Yelena's presumed involvement in Hawkeye, it's unclear what the future holds for Pugh's MCU character. However, based on her first appearance, it's clear she can go toe-to-toe with any force if she's anything like her older sister. Yelena will never fully replace Natasha, but the character can surely carry on the Black Widow legacy.