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
No, there wasn't a scene cut from Black Widow's final act
The standalone adventure may have signed off on a high, though some are questioning a specific scene in Black Widow’s final act – or lack thereof.
Now, director Cate Shortland has clued everyone in on a possible ‘missing’ scene from the Black Widow ending, and why the ‘plot hole’ was a deliberate choice rather than an oversight.
By Black Widow’s end, the Red Room has (quite literally) been brought crashing down to Earth and Nat is set to stall the incoming General Ross while Red Guardian, Melina, and Yelena all escape. Then, a cut to black and a two-week time jump.
But what happened next? And how did Nat get clear of SHIELD custody after Ross had spent so long tracking her down after breaking the Sokovia Accords post-Captain America: Civil War?
It's an odd moment that has caused confusion on social media. One fan summed up the feeling of a section of the fanbase on Twitter when they said they "would very much like to know how Nat got away from Ross at the end." The (frustrating) answer? There isn't one: It’s not clear, and it’s not meant to be.
Speaking to The Wrap, Shortland explained: "That was intentional, because we wanted to leave the question of how she would get away, rather than allow the audience to get exhausted by another fight."
"We wanted to leave you guys on a high with the question of how did she use her ingenuity? Because she did. And it was probably, I would say, she bargained her way out of that situation. But I don’t know [how]," she admitted.
We do know what happens after that, however. Two weeks later, a newly-blonde Natasha finds O-T Fagbenle’s Rick Mason has procured her a jet to help free some of her fellow Avengers from prison – a scene which neatly sets up Avengers: Infinity War.
Following on from that, the Black Widow post-credits scene saw Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine make a return, this time instructing Florence Pugh’s Yelena to take down Hawkeye. We’re likely to see where that leads next when Hawkeye fires its way onto Disney Plus later this year.
For more on the MCU’s future, check out our complete guide to Marvel Phase 4.
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13 July, 2021 - 07:28pm
The Black Widow movie includes multiple Avengers character and past film references. While Natasha Romanoff has been part of the MCU since Phase 1, Scarlett Johansson's character had to wait over ten years for a Black Widow solo film to happen, despite Natasha sacrificing herself in Avengers: Endgame to collect the Soul Stone. However, the solo film takes place right after the major events went down in Captain America: Civil War as it follows what Natasha was up to in Phase 3 before Avengers: Infinity War.
While the MCU has referenced Natasha's background and shown glimpses of it through flashbacks, Black Widow got to flesh it out even further. Despite not being a traditional origin story, the movie did include Natasha's life before being taken to the Red Room that changed her forever. Since Black Widow was set shortly after Captain America: Civil War, Natasha was one of the Avengers who was on the run. Normally, it's not unusual for some of the other MCU heroes to make a cameo in each other's films.
Because of what happened in Captain America: Civil War, it didn't make sense for any of them to appear in Natasha's story. However, Black Widow was able to include the Avengers through multiple references and even be shown through archive footage and photos. A lot of new characters surrounded Natasha, which allowed the Avengers to be seen from new perspectives. So what familiar MCU characters were brought up in Black Widow?
Besides appearing in the footage with Black Panther during Taskmaster's studying, the archer plays a big role in Black Widow's post-credits scene. Sometime after Natasha's death in Avengers: Endgame, Yelena goes to visit her sister's grave. However, she's joined by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who was there to give the MCU's new Black Widow her next assignment, which would be a personal one. Valentina shows Yelena a photo of Hawkeye, stating that the Avenger was responsible for Natasha's death.
Black Widow's post-credits scene was done to set up Yelena's return to the MCU as Florence Pugh will appear in the Hawkeye series on Disney+. In what ways Hawkeye will prove to Yelena that he did try to stop Natasha from giving up her life remains to be seen. Given how Valentina factored into Black Widow, it wouldn't be surprising if Julia Louis-Dreyfus shows up in Hawkeye next. Even though it was appropriate for the Avengers not physically to show up in Natasha's final story, it was still nice to have so many references in Black Widow.
13 July, 2021 - 04:57pm
During a press conference attended by CBR, Weisz discussed how she felt about playing the stone-faced mother figure of Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova. "On the page, I just thought she was a really unusual character," Weisz said. "I loved her relationship with her pigs. And shooting that family scene where the family gets back together in Russia after 20 years was just completely a delightful thing. We were upstaged by the pigs most days."
Weisz is speaking on a scene in Black Widow where Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), Yelena (Florence Pugh) and Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour) reconvene with Melina in the mountains. The three discuss their plans to find and eliminate the Red Room, responsible for the brain-washing of Black Widow assassins. Melina, who designed the formula that allowed the mind-control to be possible, demonstrates the extent of the technology by stopping her pet pig (also named Alexei) from breathing against its will. As Natasha protests, Melina relents and allows the pig to breathe again.
Weisz also commented on what it was like work alongside her co-stars Johansson, Pugh and Harbour. "I love stories about women, directed by women," she said. "I love playing opposite women, and I really loved playing opposite the Red Guardian/Alexei as well, so I don't want to leave him out. I mean, I like stories about people, but it was wonderful to tell a story with three complicated, strong women." While the film focuses on Natasha Romanoff as the central hero, all four actors are featured prominently throughout the film.
Continuing, she spoke more on the humor of the production and what it was like to play a character that was fairly serious. "It was really unlike anything I've ever done," Weisz said. "It felt incredibly intimate and incredibly emotional. I had to just steel myself most days to stop laughing at David Harbour because he's one of the more eccentric, original funny people on this planet. So yeah, it was really lovely. Also, what I liked about Melina was that she has absolutely no sense of humor -- like, none."
Weisz appears alongside her human co-stars -- Johansson, Pugh and Harbour -- in Marvel Studios' Black Widow, which is now playing both in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access.
13 July, 2021 - 12:46pm
In Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) goes on the run but she doesn't don a baseball cap and sunglasses as a disguise, which is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's running jokes. Black Widow is set during the tail end of and in the days after Captain America: Civil War; Natasha is a fugitive because she "attacked the King of Wakanda", i.e. King T'Challa/The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Romanoff is being hunted by Secretary Ross (William Hurt) for violating the Sokovia Accords. Still, Natasha never deigns to wear a baseball cap and shades in public.
Numerous times throughout the MCU movies, the Avengers resort to wearing a ball cap and sunglasses when trying to be incognito. Captain America: Civil War is the biggest culprit as it happens multiple times throughout the film. When the Avengers commence their mission in Lagos, Nigeria, Wanda Maximoff (Scarlett Johansson) tries to blend in while wearing the cap/shades combo. Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) also wears a baseball cap as he hides in Romania. When they violate the Sokovia Accords to find Bucky, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) are also conspicuously inconspicuous wearing their baseball caps and eyewear. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) jokes about how he, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) look like "ourselves going to a baseball game" when they're running from the FBI.
However, Natasha Romanoff never attempts to hide in plain sight using the MCU's most obvious and overused disguise. Nat absconds to Norway to hide from Secretary Ross but she doesn't wear any type of hat or use any method to hide her face. When Romanoff travels to Budapest, which is a much more crowded urban center, Black Widow still rides a train and blends into the crowd without a baseball cap and sunglasses. While Nat is certainly concerned with being spotted by the authorities - she's reminded several times that she's a global fugitive as if she wasn't aware - Romanoff never bothering with a baseball cap and sunglasses is actually a hilarious rebuke of her fellow Avengers' favorite disguise.
More than any of the other Avengers, Natasha is well-traveled around the world and was trained as an espionage agent, first by the Red Room and then by S.H.I.E.L.D. Romanoff is comfortable on the run, living on her own, and she's also extremely confident in her abilities and methods. This includes being wily enough to avoid the most highly surveilled cities in the world like London and New York in Black Widow. By her admission, Nat has "lived a lot of lives" and knows what to do when law enforcement agencies are hunting you. Which, in Romanoff's spy playbook, doesn't include wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses to "blend in".
In fact, when Natasha and Steve Rogers were on the run from Hydra in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Romanoff didn't join Cap in wearing a baseball cap either, opting instead for a simple hoodie. Rogers was already wearing his favorite headgear to move about incognito earlier in the film when he visited the Captain America exhibit - and he was spotted by a little kid which should have proved to him his disguise doesn't really work. Still, it's not surprising that Steve Rogers would continue to rely on an All-American baseball cap to hide his identity. When Natasha, who became blonde, flew her Quinjet to find Steve Rogers at the end of Black Widow, she probably started by looking for someone wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.