Fans have been demanding a Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson since the character made her first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though that film may not be in the cards at the moment, Natasha Romanoff has certainly made her presence felt in ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Plus, we’ve been assured that she will play a major role in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ But just how major of a role will that be? Based on some recent developments, it will certainly be enough to fill in some of the major blanks in the deadly assassin’s ledger.
If you caught last week’s episode of ‘Agent Carter,’ then you saw Peggy’s neighbor Dottie Underwood pull out some of Natasha’s signature moves to take down Mr. Mink. This was no coincidence as the showrunners revealed that Dottie is in fact part of the precursor to the Black Widow Program. We saw a little more of that in this week’s episode, but all this takes place in the past. How will that affect Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel?
Thanks to some recent spoilers and theories, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is the one who takes Agent Romanoff back in time so to speak. It’s said that Wanda Maximoff’s powers cause Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to hallucinate in some fashion. For Bruce Banner, it’s a bigger and badder (and possibly grey) Hulk. For Steve Rogers, it’s a trip back to the 1940s. And for the Black Widow, it’s a flashback to her origins, some of which is probably what we’ve seen in the first two trailers for Marvel Studios’ next blockbuster.
In the trailers that we’ve seen for ‘Age of Ultron’ so far, there have been some interesting shots featuring Black Widow, but they look to involve a much younger and rather uncomfortable Natasha that sported a different hairstyle back in the day. If you’re familiar with the character’s history, then you know that she was a ballerina in her past life, which explains the footage of ballet dancers in between all the superhero action. However, if the story follows the source material, this ends up being false memories implanted in her brain much like Agent Coulson’s Tahiti recollections from ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ before the U.S.S.R. dispatches her as a Russian spy.
Even though much of this is simply theory for now, it looks like the architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have placed an emphasis on Black Widow throughout Phase Two. It may not be the solo movie that many have been begging for, but at least we’ll potentially get a good bit of her backstory from her pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. days including the sort of reprogramming that she had to experience.
What do you think about learning more about Black Widow in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’? Do you think that this will satisfy fans in the way that a solo movie would? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ assembles in theaters on May 1, 2015.