The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps on giving! Black Widow was one of the most anticipated movies. It finally featured Natasha Romanoff, the first original female Avenger’s background. And it was set between the timelines of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. As we already see in the last movie, Natasha sacrifices herself and thus meets her end.
Directed by Cate Shortland, the story revolves around the lives of Black Widow before she became an avenger and her sister Yelena Belova who is trained to be just as deadly. Natasha has to hold her own on her run from the US Government as conspiracies arise. And her past creates peril for her.
Expected Release Date
Marvel or any other actor has not given any update regarding Black Widow 2 as it is very unlikely to happen. With Natasha, Black Widow, being dead in the timeline there is almost no chance of a sequel happening. She also confirmed that her role as black widow is over in a recent episode of The Goop Podcast.
However, if a movie related to Black widow comes out it will star Florence Pugh. Florence Pugh as Nastasha’s sister, Yelena Belova, will continue her legacy.
Black Widow‘s story began in Phase 4 of the MCU and came to an end there. With the long-awaited release of Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff’s story was finally told. Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), the MCU’s potential next Black Widow, was also introduced. Also, the door was now open for an army of former Widows to appear in the franchise’s future.
And even though the first Black Widow in the MCU perished on Vormir in Endgame, it now appears as though she might have another chance.
Expected Cast and Characters
We might see Florence Pugh return as Yelena Belova, Scarlett Johansson is returning as Black Widow for Avengers: Secret Wars, Ray Winstone will not return to play Dreykov, as he already has been defeated, unless there’s a plot twist and things are not what they seem.
However, David Harbor, Soviet Russia’s first super-soldier Alexie referred to as the Red Guardian. And Rachel Weisz as Alexei’s wife Milena Vostokoff, a skilled scientist and spy. She has been a part of the Black Widow program numerous times, might portray their talent for the next film.
Olga Kurylenko would also step back into her role as the Taskmaster since she has now been freed from her father. O-T Fagbenle might also appear as Rick Mason, an ally to Natasha and a private contractor. Finally, if another plotline is explored, we will watch the incredibly gifted Julia Louis-Dreyfus play Contessa Valentina.
If Black Widow 2 does happen, it will be very carefully planned to fit into Marvel’s timeline. For example, Yelena and Natasha’s parental figures Milena and Alexei (the Red Guardian) had a big part to play in the original. For the sequel, they might build a team of black widows (which is also a term for assassins trained by Soviet Russia’s Red Room program of the same name) along with Yelena to fight against the evil Taskmaster and her father’s entrenched network as they rescue more widows.
This is, of course, just speculation and nothing has been confirmed yet. Given that there are now numerous characters in the MCU who once went by the codename “Black Widow.” Also, the conclusion of Black Widow does leave the door open for the possibility of a sequel.
In fact, the thought of David Harbour’s Alexei and Rachel Weisz’ Milena leading their own reformation of Widows in the name of justice is intriguing, especially with Taskmaster included. Yelena’s role in Hawkeye and, presumably, whatever project Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ enigmatic Contessa is setting up with her new recruits have already set up Yelena’s future in the MCU.