Why Black Widow's Writer Felt 'Super Guilty' About The Marvel Movie's Post-Credits Scene

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CinemaBlend 16 July, 2021 - 11:09am 20 views

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With the exception of Avengers: Endgame, ever Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has featured at least one mid/post-credits scene, if not several. Black Widow, which hit theaters and Disney+’s Premier Access tier last Friday, continued that trend by winding the clock forward to show Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova visiting Natasha Romanoff’s gravesite post-Endgame. Yelena was soon joined by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and Black Widow writer Eric Pearson admits that he feels guilty about what their conversation sets up for the MCU’s future.

For those who need a refresher on Black Widow’s post-credits scene, or on the off chance you’ve read this far and haven’t seen the movie, Valentina decided to personally inform Yelena who her next target will be: Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye/Ronin, who Valentina describes as the man “responsible” for Natasha’s death. While speaking with THR, Eric Pearson mentioned that Marvel Studios requested that Clint be the target, and when he wrote that scene, he wasn’t informed about where we’d see Yelena next. In his words:

I was like, ‘Who am I screwing over? Something is going on! I don’t have an answer for this.' They were like, ‘You don’t need to. We are going to figure that out.’ I remember writing it and feeling super guilty. ‘I hope whatever writer is working on this next chapter is going to be OK with what I’ve done to them.'

Although we’ve known since December 2020 that Florence Pugh is reprising Yelena Belova for Disney+’s Hawkeye series, Black Widow’s post-credits scene provides some much-needed context for why she appears as Clint Barton is training Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop. Eric Pearson did his duty of capping off the first Phase 4 movie by establishing more ties between Yelena and the wider MCU, but this subsequently led to him worrying about if this plot twist would cause problems for the writer(s) on another MCU project down the line.

Fortunately, it seems like things worked out, as fitting Yelena Belova into Hawkeye feels organic given how close Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff were. Whether or not the Hawkeye writers, headed by Mad Men’s Jonathan Igla, were bothered by having to include the character or welcomed the opportunity is unclear, but now we’ll get to see Yelena and Clint cross paths. Hopefully he can quickly clear up with her what truly happened on Vormir, because as anyone who watched Avengers: Endgame knows, Clint did everything he could to try and make it so he would be the one to sacrifice himself for the Soul Stone rather than her.

Black Widow also marked Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ second appearance as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, having first shown up in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to recruit John Walker. However, because Black Widow was originally supposed to be released in May 2020, this was intended to be the first time audience saw her MCU incarnation, so Eric Pearson was “excited” that he was able “do a lot to shape Valentina’s personality.” It remains to be seen if Valentina truly knows what happened between Natasha and Clint on Vormir or if she’s simply inferring what went down from what little information is available, but either way, she wants Clint out of the picture and believes Yelena is the person to get the job done.

While we wait for more news about Hawkeye, including when it will debut on Disney+ (which you can subscribe to with this link), be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of Black Widow and look through our upcoming Marvel movies guide.

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Black Widow Sets Up Taskmaster As Winter Soldier’s Phase 4 Replacement

Screen Rant 16 July, 2021 - 07:27am

Black Widow sets up Taskmaster as the MCU's replacement for the Winter Soldier. The story of Bucky Barnes is one of the most compelling in the MCU, with Captain America's sidekick capturing during World War II and transformed into the Winter Soldier, Hydra's best assassin. He was kept in cryogenic suspension for decades, only brought out of the ice when they had a mission for him to carry out.

At its heart, Bucky's story is about agency. Hydra robbed him of his freedom to choose, using advanced brainwashing to suppress his memories and enforce his loyalty. Most telling of all, they implanted trigger words in the Winter Soldier's mind that could render him almost mindless, a killing machine who had no choice but to follow orders. It took all Wakanda's advanced science to figure out how to deprogram him, and Bucky spent The Falcon & the Winter Soldier seeking redemption for the atrocities he'd had no choice but to commit over the decades.

Black Widow set up Olga Kurylenko's Taskmaster as the next Winter Soldier figure. Like Bucky, she is essentially a victim of evil men, someone who was denied agency and was transformed into a weapon against her wishes. Her story is even worse, though, because she was critically wounded when she was just a child, and it was her own father Dreykov who turned her into a weapon in a horrific act of abuse. Where Bucky was controlled with psychological conditioning, Dreykov used chemicals and sophisticated technology to control his daughter.

The thematic similarities don't mean the stories of Winter Soldier and Taskmaster will be the same, then, simply because the context is so very different. But it's certainly interesting to see Marvel repeat the trope with one of the primary characters in Black Widow - especially when the Winter Soldier's story was so popular and well-received. The timing is also curious, because Bucky's Winter Soldier arc is coming to an end, and now his potential substitute's is beginning.

Black Widow Writer Didn't Know Who Yelena's Target Would Be In The Post Credits Scene

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As with so many other Marvel Studios films, Black Widow ends with a post-credits sequence that drops clues for what's next in the MCU. In a scene set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)'s adoptive sister Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) mourns her sister at her grave site, only for her quiet moment to be interrupted by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis Dreyfuss) blowing her nose to cartoonish effect. Val then hands Yelena the photo of her next target: Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye.

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"I felt bad," Person said. "They told me I got to [write the post-credits scene], so I was really excited I got to do a lot to shape Valentina's personality, but they told me 'and then at the end, this is the target.' They were like, 'Don't worry about it. You don't have to know that.' I was like, 'Who am I screwing over? Something is going on! I don't have an answer for this!'"

And it isn't because Pearson is the new kid in the MCU. In addition to writing Black Widow, he co-wrote Thor: Ragnarok and worked as a writer and story editor on ABC's Agent Carter series.

Pearson didn't get his answer, though. "They were like, 'You don't need to. We are going to figure that out.' I remember writing it and feeling super guilty. 'I hope whatever writer is working on this next chapter is going to be okay with what I've done to them.'"

The interview covers a bunch more ground about the process of writing the film, including scenes that Pearson himself had to act out with the other actors, the pronunciation of a certain European city, and working with Scarlett Johansson as the first MCU star to executive produce their own film, and is well worth the read.

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