Black Widow – Scarlett Johansson’s solo adventure, now broadcast on Disney + Hotstar – inevitably has a scene during the credits, as is the case with almost every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The only exception so far is the studio’s biggest movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame, which also saw the death of Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. Precisely for this reason, Black WidowThe post-credit scene doesn’t involve Natasha herself. Instead, it focuses on a related character – and brings in another character from a Disney+ series. Naturally, Black WidowThe final scene of is tied to the future of the MCU.
Big spoilers ahead for Black Widow. Stop reading if you haven’t seen the Marvel movie yet.
Black Widow ending, explained
After the culminating act that ends with Dreykov’s houseboat falling to the ground, Natasha says goodbye to her “family” – her “younger sister” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), her “father” Alexei Shostakov (David Harbor), and her “mother” Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) – as government forces arrive. The three depart with Antonia Dreykov / Foreman (Olga Kurylenko) and all the other Widows whose minds were freed from the chemical agent that was used by the villain Dreykov for everyone in the Red Room after Natasha’s defection to SHIELD
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A few weeks later, Natasha meets up with her fixer Rick Mason (OT Fagbenle), who supplies her with the Quinjet that was used by Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) to free the Avengers trapped at the end of Captain America: Civil War. This closes Natasha’s autonomous journey – this will lead to the events of Avengers: War of Infinity and Endgame.
Black Widow post-credit scene, explained
Black WidowThe post-credits scene starts after Endgame, with Yelena back in Ohio, where she lived as a child, as we saw at the beginning of Black Widow. She has a dog and is visiting Natasha’s grave. It’s not the funeral fans demanded after Endgame, but it definitely feels like an answer to that. “Daughter, Sister, Avenger,” says her headstone. The anguished Yelena bends down, grabs the headstone and whistles – just like they did as children. Yelena’s moment of silence is rudely interrupted by someone at that moment, who is blowing her nose.
Turns out it’s Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the mystery woman we met in the Disney series + The Hawk and the Winter Soldier. (It was then revealed that Louis-Dreyfus would be part of the Black Widow, so fans who have been following the news closely have been waiting throughout the movie for her arrival.) Valentina apologizes for her behavior, claiming she is allergic to the Midwest. Ohio is part of the US Midwest. Valentina then adds: “What is this woman [Natasha] yes, honestly, I can’t even imagine it. ”
“You shouldn’t be bothering me on my vacation, Valentina,” Yelena says in response, confirming that the two already know each other. “I’m just here paying my respects,” says Valentina to placate her. Yelena doesn’t believe this and says, “You know, coming here makes you look desperate. I want a raise,” which suggests she has been working for Valentina. Similar to how she recruited a US agent. Louis-Dreyfus laughs before noticing that she has her “next target”. Handing Yelena an iPad, Valentina adds: “Maybe you want to shoot the man responsible for your sister’s death.”
Who’s on the iPad? It’s Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Wait, now what? Sure, Clint was with Natasha in Vormir in Endgame when she died, but how is Valentina weaving this absurd invention? Clearly, false news is also an issue on the MCU. But how long does Valentina expect this lie to continue? I imagine it will take Clint two minutes to bring something he wouldn’t know if he wasn’t close to Natasha. He could even argue that he offered to sacrifice himself in Natasha’s place, although I don’t think Yelena would take it very well. (“You should have done a better job,” Yelena might retort.)
In any case, what this establishes is that Pugh will have a semi-antagonistic role in the next series. Hawkeye, led by Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, and premiering in late November on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar. We already knew about Pugh’s involvement in Hawkeye, so no surprises on that front, but now we have a little more direction on what that entails. This is not the main story. Hawkeye is about Renner’s Clint passing the baton to Kate Bishop of Steinfeld, as well as Black Widow did the same as Natasha to Yelena.
Black Widow is now broadcasting on Disney + Hotstar in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.