After over two years of marketing campaign and postponed dates, Black Widow finally arrived in the theatres and on Disney Plus. The film is setting post pandemic box office records and now one of the stars of the film, Florence Pugh, reflects on the ending of the movie. She also sheds light on where her character is that intriguing end credit scene.
After nearly two decades in development, we were finally able to see Black Widow get her first solo outing. It is evident in the box office numbers; how much people wanted to see Scarlett Johansson in her titular movie. With over $80 million at the box office for the first weekend, making it the highest weekend gross for a post pandemic movie, shows the love and fan excitement.
Disney Plus also reported $60 million in Premiere Access sale, so it is safe to say Black Widow is a massive hit for MCU. But the film was more than just another MCU outing, it was a curtain call, a farewell to one of the original Avengers. There was a nice tribute at the end of the film and Florence Pugh detailed what it all means for now and moving forward.
Florence Pugh’s Future in the MCU and That Black Widow Post Credit Scene
In Black Widow, for the first time we saw a concrete back story of Natasha Romanoff. It was always hinted at and even shown a little in Age of Ultron, but being a spy meant nothing about her past could be trusted. But in the new MCU movie, we see Nat for the first time as a kid, living in Ohio with her “parents” and “sister.”
Natasha and her “family” were sent to Ohio, so they can infiltrate a company from within. But three years in America come crashing down when they have to leave the US and then the girls are sent off to the Red Room. But Nat just wanted to protect her sister and when she gets old, she goes after the Red Room and supposedly kills its leader and founder.
That was the story of Natasha Romanoff, the woman who would become Black Widow and an Avenger. But the MCU film gave us more than just Nat’s back story, it also filled the world around her with new and interesting characters. Her father, a Captain America offshoot, her mother, also a spy, and her sister, one of the best female assassins, all were introduced in the movie.
Natasha’s “sister” Yelena Belova was played by Florence Pugh. The two sisters were separated at when Yelena was only 6-years-old and she always had slight resentment towards her sister never coming back for her. But by the end of the movie, Nat and Yelena mend their relationship and after Black Widow dies in Endgame we see in the post credit scene what it means for Yelena.
During an interview with Variety, the actress said, “She’s going to continue what she’s good at, and despite her sister not being there, she’s back working. If you look at her costume, and you look at the way that she’s dressed herself, it shows someone that’s flourishing. To me, it was just really wonderful to kind of jump ahead and see she has been surviving. But, of course, it sets up a whole different challenge — which is Natasha’s fighting partner.”
For the last part we saw Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine make an appearance at the end of the movie. The Contessa was supposed to be introduced in the Black Widow movie first, but we have all been acquainted with her in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Disney Plus series. It appears she is collecting talented people for some larger purpose, akin to Nick Fury.
Her motives do not seem particularly well meaning as she points at Hawkeye as the culprit for Black Widow’s death. We saw the same thing happen in TFATWS with John Walker. So, it appears we are headed for a confrontation between Yelena star Florence Pugh and Hawkeye star Jeremy Renner in another Disney Plus show coming later this year.
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