Lucas’ Deep Dive Into Marvel Issue #2: Black Widow


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The prequel, “Black Widow,” will focus on the most famous Red Room assassin on a journey to fight both her sister, Yelena Belova, and the well-known villain from the comics, the Taskmaster. In this issue, I will cover all of the brand new info about the 2020 movie and explain how it can lead to the future of phase 4 in the MCU. SPOILER WARNING in case I talk about any other Marvel movies that you haven’t seen yet that I may bring up here or anything else that is related and might ruin your life.

    First, just so you can understand when the prequel takes place, it takes place after the events of 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” and before the events of 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” This story will reveal what happened to Natasha Romanoff while she was on the run, hiding from the US government and decides to live out her days in the mystery location that MCU fans have been questioning about for a long time: Budapest, Russia. Several new guys will be appearing: there is Yelena Belova who is being played by Florence Pugh, “Stranger Things”’ David Harbour as “The Red Guardian,” Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, an unknown actor as the Taskmaster, and special guests being brought back that includes William Hurt as an old version of Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross and the man himself, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. 

     Now, let’s get into how these characters really are. First up, we have Yelena Belova who is basically Black Widow’s sister and rival from the Red Room program. In the comics, she’s always trying to beat Natasha as the #1 spy and assassin the world has ever known, while also being a villain at the same time. Fun fact: at D23 (the official Disney comic con) fans were speechless after they saw a sneak peak of the new prequel of which both Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova fight each other using hand-to-hand combat (looks super cool by the way). Next, we have Alexi Shostakov aka “The Red Guardian.” This guy is basically like Captain America but he doesn’t have the super soldier serum being implanted into his body, but yet he is a great superhero in general. Then, we have Melina Vostokoff, aka the “Iron Maiden.” In the comics, she is another great assassin who basically hates Black Widow’s guts but she was first trained at the Russian government, not at the Red Room program and she’s not Black Widow’s sister (another difference). Finally, we have the Taskmaster. The Taskmaster is mostly known as Tony Masters from the comics. This guy is known for his ability to copy other hero’s moves exactly by just looking at the person entirely. The consequence of this is that whenever he remembers something new, his personal or other random memories get erased, making him get amnesia in a weird way. He used to be a SHIELD agent but then he became corrupted just like every other villain Marvel has to offer. Another fun fact: no superhero in Marvel Comics history could defeat the Taskmaster except for Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson due to the fact that the guy has an unpredictable set of fighting styles that he pulls that are so confusing, it makes the Taskmaster confused as well. I would cover up explaining who could be the mysterious role to be played as the Taskmaster but I will do that in another issue soon. 

Okay, now that I covered everything you need to know about the Black Widow prequel, we can now focus on the big picture here: how can this prequel connect to the future of the MCU? Well, I may be crazy when saying this, but I believe that Natasha Romanoff may be alive!! I am literally not joking, folks because there has been a massive leak that was spread around the web that may confirm that Black Widow may come back into the MCU, specifically in which how Captain America returned all six infinity stones to their proper timelines at the end of this year’s “Avengers: Endgame.” For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a summary of the speculation. Basically, when Captain America had to return every infinity stone to their proper places, it was not easy to try to convince the Red Skull to just take back the soul stone. If you recall about the soul stone’s rules of how to earn it, you have to trade a soul for a stone and since you recall Natasha’s death in “Avengers: Endgame,” she died in order for Hawkeye to get the soul stone and to manage the Avengers to win the battle against Thanos. If you take those rules and apply them in reverse, it means that if you give back the stone, you trade back a soul, all of which means that Natasha is alive since Captain America gave the soul stone back to the Red Skull, and to confirm this theory, the leak that I mentioned earlier, showed Natasha Romanoff walking away from some dark object, holding a red-orange item in her hand, while being stuck in some sort of pool, all of which goes back to the setting of the planet Vormir. So, yes Marvel fans, Black Widow is back!! Now, let’s answer the big question: how will Black Widow tie in with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, as for right now, we don’t know exactly how this will turn out, even if the “Black-Widow-being-alive” theory comes true. All that I could possibly think about at this point is for Natasha to appear in a random post-credits scene at any given movie or Disney plus Marvel show that we just have to hope for in the future.

What do you think about this prequel and speculation? Do you think Black Widow will be alive in the upcoming future or do you think that we will always cope with the death of our favorite assassin? Tune in my next issue in order to uncover the truth about how Nick Fury and Maria Hill were skrulls throughout “Spiderman: Far from home.”

Brain Teaser Issue #1 answer: The unscrambled answer is William Ginter Riva, the scientist who first appeared in the first “Iron Man” movie in 2008! That’s all folks!

Check out Lucas’ previous Marvel Reviews:

Lucas’ Deep Dive Into Marvel Studios- Issue #1: IS MYSTERIO ALIVE?

Lucas’ Deep Dive Into Marvel Issue #3: #SKRULLSEARCH