Black Widow is finally released on July 9, 2021, and it is currently available for streaming in Disney+ Premium as well as in theaters across the USA. Many of the fans still have some questions like Black Widow died in the Avengers: Infinity War then; in which timeline the new Black Widow movie is set in? and Is Yelena Belova be the New Black Widow of the MCU? Well, we will answer all the queries with this article so let us dive into it.
Black Widow Movie Timeline Explained
The new Black Widow movie timeline is set in after the events of Captain America: Civil War. After the events of the Civil War, the Captain America team that time Clint (Hawkeye), Scott (Ant-Man), Sam (The Falcon), and Wanda (Scarlet Witch) all were arrested and was taken into custody and was imprisoned in the most advanced underwater jail The Raft. If you remember the ending of Captain America Civil War, Natasha, at the last moment, betrayed Iron Man and restrained Black Panther at the end of the Civil War and let Captain America and Bucky getaway.
Later on, it seems after betraying Tony Stark, Natasha might have been on the run from the law. When we see her next time, she was in the Avengers: Infinity War, where she was on the run with Captain America and Falcone.
The Black Widow plot is placed between two different scenes of one Marvel Movie. The film is Captain America Civil war; the two scenes are the last airport betrayal scene of Black Widow and the last Captain America shot in the Civil War credits, which indicated that he was there to break free his friends from The Raft that time Black Widow helped him.
In Black Widow’s final scenes, you will notice she jets off to a stolen Avengers Quinjet to find Steve Rogers to help Ant-Man, Wanda Maximoff, Hawkeye, and the Falcon get out from The Raft.
What happens in Black Widow’s credits scene?
Black Widow finale ended with Yelena driving on a dirt road and reaching towards her destination, and the close-up of the scenes shows us that she is standing beside Nat’s Gravesite. The year time is 2023 means after the events of Avengers: End Game. The last time we witnessed both Yelena and Nat was right after the Civil War, some years before Thanos’s initial invasion on earth when she and Nat parted ways. Nat went out to help steve to breakout fellow avengers from The Raft, and Yelena, on the other hand, was set out to save many women who were brainwashed to become Black Widow like she and Nat.
Yelena, at present, was visiting Nat’s grave so that she could pay some tribute to Nat. She is then joined by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, standing beside Yelena, asking her if she wants to avenge Nat’s death. Yelena said yes, then she gave her a photo and said this man is responsible for Nat’s death. The picture was of Clint Barton (Hawkeye), and that is where the movie ends.
Is It Going to be Yelena Vs. Clint(Hawkeye) Now?
As in the ending of the film, we witnessed Valentina giving Yelena the picture of Clint and stating he is the one who is responsible for the death of her sister Nat. So judging by that, we think that the next series, such as Hawkeye Series, which is scheduled to release late this year, will feature Clint and Yelena going against each other. Previously in the Disney+ TV series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, we also witnessed Valentina last appearing in front of John Walker(U.S. Agent) and recruiting him for some task. As of now, it seems Valentina is planning something big, which we would get to see soon.
Those who are aware of the comics are already aware that Yelena is a nefarious player and mastermind. Her provoking Yelena against Clint looks like she is planning to set up a clash between them. Moreover, in the End Game, both Clint and Nat were tasked to retrieve the soul stone; even Clint at first went ahead to sacrifice himself; later on, it was Nat who sacrificed herself so that Clint can retrieve the soul stone.
As of now, we don’t think upcoming Marvel movies such as The Eternals, Shang Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will going to set up a plot for Yelena and Clint for that; we might have to wait for Hawkeye Series which is scheduled to release later this year or for separate series maybe a Black Widow series starring Yelena or second Hawkeye series which will be going showcase the battle between both of them. Or it can also happen in the first Hawkeye series. The best way to get our answers to this is to wait for the Hawkeye series that said to launch later this year.
Is Yelena the New Black Widow?
Well, It seems with the help of the Black Widow movie and the ending credit scene at the end where Yelena was standing in front of Nat’s grave being prepared to get her Revenge against Clint. We think yes, Yelena will going to be the new Black Widow of MCU.
We might see the clash between Hawkeye and Yelena in the next Hawkeye series, maybe. The is one interesting thing you should remember that in the series, although Renner will reprise his role as Hawkeye. Still, there is a new inclusion in the cast and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, who is the second Hawkeye as per the comics.
Maybe Yelena at first will go against Clint and Kate, and maybe after some time, she will learn the truth about Nat’s sacrifice, and then she might understand how Nat sacrificed herself to save the world. It seems like Marvel is currently planning to pass on the titles of Black Widow and Hawkeye to new people, and as of now, we think it would be Florence Pugh(Yelena Belova-New Black Widow) and Hailee Steinfeld(New Hawkeye) for the new role. So that’s it for now; for more such deep, insightful topics, stay tuned to MediaScrolls.