Black Widow – Scarlett Johansson’s solo adventure, now streamed on Disney+ Hotstar – inevitably has a scene during the credits, as is the case with almost every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. The only exception so far is the studio’s greatest film of all time, Avengers: Endgame, which also featured the death of Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. Precisely for that reason, Black WidowIn the post-credits scene, Natasha is not directly involved. Instead, it focuses on a related character – bringing in another character from a Disney+ series. Naturally, Black WidowThe final scene is tied to the future of the MCU.
Big spoilers ahead for Black Widow. Stop reading if you haven’t seen the Marvel movie.
Black Widow end, explained
After the pompous climax that ends with Dreykov’s floating house falling to the ground, Natasha bids farewell to her “family” – her “younger sister” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), her “father” Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour), and her “mother” Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) – when government troops arrive. The three leave with Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko) and all the other widows whose spirits were freed from the chemical used by the villain Dreykov on everyone in the Red Room after Natasha defected to SHIELD
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A few weeks later, Natasha meets her fixer Rick Mason (OT Fagbenle) who supplies her with the Quinjet used by Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) to free the imprisoned Avengers at the end of Captain America: Civil War. That concludes Natasha’s self-contained journey – this will lead into the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
Black Widow scene after credits, explained
Black WidowThe post-credits scene continues with Endgame, with Yelena back in Ohio, where she lived as a child, as we did at the beginning of Black Widow. She has a dog with her and visits Natasha’s grave. It’s not the funeral fans had demanded in the wake of Endgame, but it certainly feels like a response to that. “Daughter, sister, avenger,” reads her tombstone. The grieving Yelena bends down, grabs the tombstone and whistles – just as they did as children. Yelena’s moment of silence is brutally interrupted by someone blowing her nose.
It turns out to be Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the mysterious woman we first met in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. (Then it was revealed that Louis-Dreyfus would be part of) Black Widow, so fans who have been following the news closely had been waiting the entire movie for her to arrive.) Valentina apologizes for her behavior, claiming she is allergic to the Midwest. Ohio is part of the Midwestern United States. Valentina then adds: “What this woman [Natasha] did, honestly, I can’t even imagine.”
“You’re not supposed to bother me during my vacation, Valentina,” Yelena replies, confirming that the two already know each other. “I’m here to pay my respects,” Valentina says to placate her. Yelena doesn’t believe that and says, “You know, coming here makes you look desperate. I want a raise,” suggesting she worked for Valentina. Similar to how she recruited the American agent. Louis-Dreyfus chuckles before noting that she has her “next target.” Valentina hands Yelena an iPad and adds, “Maybe you want a shot at the man responsible for your sister’s death.”
Who’s on the iPad? It’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Wait, what now? Of course Clint was with Natasha on Vormir in Endgame when she died, but how does Valentina come up with this absurd concoction? Obviously, fake news is also a problem in the MCU. But how long does Valentina expect this lie to last? I can imagine it would take Clint two minutes to bring up something he wouldn’t know if he wasn’t close to Natasha. He might even claim that he offered to sacrifice himself instead of Natasha, though I don’t think Yelena would receive that well. (“You should have done better,” Yelena might reply.)
In any case, this establishes that Pugh will play a semi-antagonistic role in the upcoming series hawkeye, led by Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, will premiere on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar in late November. We already knew about Pugh’s involvement on hawkeye, so no surprises on that front, but now we have a little more direction on what that means. However, this is not the main story. hawkeye is about Renner’s Clint passing the baton to Kate Bishop of Steinfeld, just like… Black Widow did the same from Natasha to Yelena.
Black Widow is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.