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 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 revolved 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
Scarlett Johannson, who played the titular role, has confirmed that she will not be returning to any movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, for now, there doesn’t seem to be a chance for a sequel to the original action-packed Black Widow movie. However, director Shortland has said that there might be a possibility. Still, it will not continue the adventures of Natasha Romanoff but instead, her sister Yelena who has already been established as the next Black Widow.
Expected Cast and Characters
We might get to see Florence Pugh return as Yelena Belova, but the chances of Scarlett Johansson reprising her role are slim. 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 as 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 who 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 the unlikely 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. However, it might also feature Natasha’s sister Yelena’s story before she lands her role in Hawkeye and starts working for the Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. In the end scenes of the original movie, we see Yelena standing over Natasha’s grave when the Contessa comes over to her and asks her if she wants to take revenge on her sister’s killer.