The wait is over. Marvel fans, you can finally stop holding your breath! The highly anticipated release of "Black Widow" is happening and we know that things are about to get crazy. This film has been talked about since the beginning of the pandemic and we're just overjoyed that it's finally going to get its time to shine on the big screen. But, with so much time having passed us by, we might need to refresh our memory of what to expect going into this new MCU film. So, to help out all you Marvel fans out there, we've got the 9 things you need to know before checking out "Black Widow."
1This Takes Place Between "Civil War" and "Infinity War"
Though this film is the newest addition to the MCU and the beginning of Phase Four, it's actually set after the events that occurred in "Captain America: Civil War" and before the battle that takes place in "Avengers: Infinity War." During "Civil War," there was a moment when Natasha (who was on Team Stark) chose to let Captain America get away instead of apprehending him. In doing so, a target was placed on her back as well. Per her specialty, she disappeared, trying to have a somewhat normal, isolated life. Just as she slowly becomes accustomed to her new lifestyle, we find her being pulled into something else in this flick.
2Natasha's On Her Own in This One
Natasha has been fighting crime alongside her Avenger colleagues for years, but now that the band has been disbanded following "Civil War," she's all alone. She may still have a few connections that she can call on that she's met in her line of work, but it won't be any of the Avengers. She's considered a fugitive and she's constantly being tracked so she has to stay completely off the radar. In order to remain free, she'll have to be very careful about who she contacts and who might try to contact her.
3Natasha Has Another Family Aside from The Avengers
The Avengers have always been like family to Natasha. But what about her actual family? By the looks of it, she's going to get a chance to reunite with them. The weird part is that we haven't heard anything about them. Why did they drift apart and what was Natasha's childhood like? We don't know much before going into "Black Widow," but one of the things we do know is if they're anything like Natasha then they're something special. Maybe now we'll finally understand how Natasha became the amazing Russian spy that we've come to know.
4This Film Will Introduce Some New Heroes
Even from the previews, we've seen Natasha and her family suiting up. Could this mean there will be some new heroes joining the MCU? It most certainly could. We can already see that Natasha has a mother, father, and sister. We even see one clip of dad slipping into a red suit that looks a lot like Captain America's getup from "The Avengers." Could he be a new hero joining the mix? There's also Natasha's sister who's undoubtedly skilled in combat among other things. She looks like she'd be a worthy addition as well.
5Natasha Wasn't Always an Avenger
We've always known Natasha as an Avenger, but it's been very clear that wasn't always the case. So, what was she before she became a hero? A villain? If we think back to a very intense conversation between Loki and Black Widow during "The Avengers," you might remember that she talks briefly about her time before working at S.H.I.E.L.D. This is then followed up with Loki asking her if she can "wipe out that much red" from her ledger. When they say "red," they mean blood. Natasha was an assassin, and she accepted all requests for her services. You may find some other pertinent info from this clip that you'll find useful.
6There's More Than One Black Widow to Look Out For
We have always assumed that Natasha Romanoff was one of a kind. Even if that may still be true, she's not the only Black Widow! Surprisingly, we've learned that the Black Widows are the female warriors that were molded from the Red Room. Technically, Natasha's mother and sister are Black Widows as well. Anyone whose survived the Red Room and lived to speak about it is a Black Widow. Most of these Black Widows didn't actually escape though. They've been brainwashed with some kind of mind control that happens in the Red Room. Natasha is the only person we know who managed to break out of this facility and live a different life.
7We'll Learn More About Natasha's Time in the Red Room
We know that Natasha Romanoff is one of the most talented spies and assassins anywhere in the world. We also know that she went from being a KBG operative, to working at S.H.I.E.L.D., to becoming an Avenger. But what we don't know is where all her training came from. If we think back to "Avengers: Age of Ultron," we do get a glimpse into Natasha's past when she's being trained. It's hard to say whether that training is in the Red Room or some other location, but it does look like she's in a conditioned state and being manipulated to do something bad. For a little refresher, make sure to watch this clip and see for yourself. Either way, we'll finally get to learn more about the Red Room.
8This May Be Natasha's Greatest Adversary
She has faced many evils, but Natasha has never taken on such a formidable opponent on her own. This new villain, known as Taskmasker, has an almost identical fighting style to that of Natasha. Was her newest combatant trained in the Red Room as well? We realize sometimes these topics might bring up more questions than answers, but this new foe seems to be able to anticipate Natasha's moves better than most. And the most important question that everyone's asking, "Will we get to see who's hiding behind the mask?"
9Don't Forget to Watch the Post-Credits Scene
And finally, this is one of the things that every Marvel fan should expect and know before seeing "Black Widow," but we just wanted to make sure you didn't forget. You will want to stick around after the film is done to see the post-credits scene. And another word of advice, you should be watching all the MCU Disney+ shows to make sure you're in the loop for anything new that might be going on. If you haven't already, we would recommend that you watch "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" before watching "Black Widow." There may be some reference to the show that you'll see in the post-credits scene....
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