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Black Widow's Ending Sets Up More Adventures For Its Heroes

Anyone else see a Widows Disney+ series in Marvel's future?
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As is the case with nearly anything that has the crimson-red Marvel banner slapped on the front of it, Black Widow is an instant hit. One of Marvel’s first true female-driven films or TV shows (WandaVision still had Vision) gave us Captain America: The Winter Soldier-esque vibes, but with a moving story about the hold abusers can have on the people they manipulate—and what it takes to free yourself from it.

Naturally, it’s safe to assume that Black Widow will leave fans wanting more. So let’s talk about the ending. In a dramatic, literally-high-flying final setpiece, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a Black Widow, defeats Dreykov and destroys the Red Room once and for all. When Romanoff hits the ground, she has one final fight with Taskmaster, who is revealed to be Antonia Dreykov—the woman Romanoff thought she killed as a child. She manages to de-mind-control Antonia, who goes off with the also-de-mind-controlled Widows. Then, Romanoff’s foster family has a fuzzy moment together and everyone walks off into the sunset. Well, of course, we already know where Romanoff heads after the events of Black Widow—she ends up saving the damn universe from Thanos via self-sacrifice. But where does the film’s ending leave its other characters?

If you stuck around for the post-credits scene, you already know that Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova booked herself a one-way ticket to Disney+. As Belova visits her foster sister’s grave in the present day, Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine shows up and tells her that Clint Barton, a.k.a Hawkeye, killed her sister. So we’ll most definitely see Belova’s humor back in action come Hawkeye time, which will likely be later this year. As for the rest of the family? There’s no telling where David Harbour’s Alexei Shostakov or Rachel Weisz’s Melina Vostokoff disappeared off to, but maybe the events of Black Widow inspired them to keep do-gooding somehow. Let’s just hope that Shostakov doesn’t try to put on that unwashed Red Guardian suit again. Hell, even Romanoff still likely has some gaps in her pre-Avengers: Endgame story, so maybe a future sequel could give us another adventure with ScarJo. (Even if Johannson says she won’t return as the character.)

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One last thing: Keep an eye on Olga Kurylenko’s Antonia/Taskmaster going forward. It feels like one of those Marvel tricks where it’d be hard to imagine the studio casting an actress of Kurylenko’s caliber without ever planning for her to come back. With the ex-Widows taking Antonia with them at the end of the film, maybe she’ll one day lead the group of women in their next adventure. I mean, Black Widow clearly told us the sheer amount of Widows out there in the world. Could you see Widows hitting Disney+ in... let’s say, 2023? Because that sounds pretty damn good to us.

FromEsquire US

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