The fourth phase of the MCU was set to kick off with the Black Widow movie in May but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But in the meantime, there’s an emerging theory that speculates Chris Evans aka Captain America’s brief return to the MCU for the, now postponed, Black Widow movie.
With more details and leaks about the upcoming Black Widow movie, interesting cameos like Iron Man, Nick Fury and Hawkeye have surfaced. We do know that the movie follows Natasha Romanoff and her quest to remove the red from her ledger after the events of Avengers: Civil War.
A Cameo Fits
While it’s a valid argument that to stray away from Infinity Saga’s shadow and not ruin the beloved character’s farewell such as Tony and Steve – the characters should not be broached at the start of MCU Phase 4. However, given the timeline of the Black Widow movie in the MCU, a cameo from Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers perfectly fits in. The movie is set right between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
Watch: Black Widow | Final Trailer
The movie shows us what Natasha was up to during the period when we didn’t follow her. This means that the story takes place in the same period when the Captain, Natasha and Falcon’s went into hiding after the disagreement on Sokovia accords. However, it’s clear from the trailer that Natasha is with her Russian family. Marvel also shows the Taskmaster going toe-to-toe with Natasha, so it’s easy to deduce that they won’t be getting along in the movie. However, this could be Marvel’s way of introducing a much bigger plot.
There’s been a ton of information revealed about the Black Widow movie, and most of it leads us to believe that Taskmaster might not be the only villain to watch out for in the movie. While the movie places the spotlight on Natasha’s off-duty affairs, it could be setting the stage for a couple of significant events happening in Phase 4.
Enter General Ross
General Ross appears in the trailer, except this time it seems he has a different agenda. With news that the Thunderbolts would soon be introduced, we can assume that Ross will be looking to assemble the team. What viewers need to keep in mind is that Ross is experimenting with the same super-soldier serum that created Captain America. Tying the loose ends between the Black Widow’s subplot with Captain America’s story as Steve and General Ross aren’t looking eye to eye!
Watch: Captain America, “I Am Not Looking For Forgiveness” Scene
Taskmaster is known from the comics as the controller of the ‘Red Room’ and indeed a worthy opponent. Wielding a bulletproof shield and sword, Taskmaster possesses accurate photographic reflexes that allow him to imitate the fighting styles of opponents. However, since Taskmaster is essentially a freelance mercenary, it’s very likely that his actions in the movie would be to carry out someone else’s directives.
In The End, It’s All About The Family
The Black Widow movie would highlight not just Natasha’s life, but also that of her family. While having a family of super soldiers can be really cool, it could make for really wild family drama. And it seems the house is about to fall apart. If the MCU decides to tow the line of the comics, then there is a huge possibility that Natasha’s sister, Yelena Belova, is involved in whatever General Ross is plotting. The latest trailer release of the Black Widow movie revealed a scene where Milena Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) was leading Natasha into an armory room. At the back of the room, the silver mask of the Iron Maiden from the comics can be seen.
Watch: Black Widow Post Credit Scene Thunderbolts Explained
In the comics, the Iron Maiden is Milena Vostokoff and has always been an enemy of Natasha. In one comic issue, the Iron Maiden was sent to kill a rogue Natasha. If the MCU is drawing a lot of inspiration from the Thunderbolt comic series, then Milena Vostokoff could be unveiled as the Iron Maiden. However, from the released trailers, Marvel doesn’t seem inclined to use Milena Vostokoff’s Iron Maiden in a negative role. Instead they might take a different route for her character like they did with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo, and have her reveal her true intentions at the end of the movie.
However, one thing confirmed is that after wiping the red out of her ledger, Black Widow would have to reunite with Chris Evans’ Captain America and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon at some point. Watching that happen on screen would tie in the movie neatly with Infinity War. As ScreenRant explains,
Aside from references to Captain America in Black Widow, the character could also be directly involved in the narrative if it reveals how Nat joins him in hiding. Seeing her make the call to Captain America wishing to join them would be a nifty way to connect the events of Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War via the upcoming Marvel standalone. Perhaps, the movie can even feature a small cameo from Steve, even if it’s just his voice as he and Nat come up with a plan to meet.
Black Widow is set for a theatrical launch on 6, November, 2020.