When thinking about Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ prequel film, you have to wonder how it will really matter for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Natasha Romanoff died in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ The announcement almost felt like a way for Marvel Studios to cash in on the character one last time but we should all have more faith in the studio by now.
Kevin Feige was recently asked just about this kind of scenario during press for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ and you can almost feel him laughing it with his response:
“There’s a method to the madness. There’s always a method, and doing things in an unexpected way is something we find fun. There are ways to do prequels that are less informative or answer questions you didn’t necessarily have, and then there are ways to do prequels where you learn all sorts of things you never knew before.”
This isn’t just vague but also doesn’t give any real hint as to what we could learn here that would drive things forward. Thankfully, while the maestro behind the MCU wouldn’t give us a hint at what to expect, he was willing to give an example as to when and how this could work:
“I look at Better Call Saul as a wonderful example of a prequel that almost completely stands on its own apart from Breaking Bad because it informs you about so many things you didn’t know about before. So time will tell which way we’ve gone with a supposed Black Widow movie.”
This really feels like we’re going to learn something more about the world that Black Widow lives in which could lead directly into either a new character being introduced or one of the major story arcs for Phase 4.
Marvel Studios has multiple movies in development but has been pretty quiet about them so far. With the company returning to San Diego Comic-Con for this year’s festivities, we’ll likely get a hint at the direction the future of the MCU will be heading. Ideally, another clue or two as to how ‘Black Widow’ fits into the future of the franchise will be brought up as well.
If anything, maybe the new teaser that closes out the re-release of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will give us a clue.
Are you looking forward to the ‘Black Widow’ film? Can you think of any important stories involving Natasha that would work as a stand-alone and expand the future of the MCU? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!