(Spoilers ahead for Marvel “Black Widow”)
“Black Widow” is finally here, filling a big gap in the timeline showing what happened while Natasha Romanoff was running between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War”. And it also raises a new question. We know that Natasha was part of the half of humanity that did not detach from being in “Infinity War”, but what about the rest of her family?
In the post-credit scene we just see Yelena visiting Natasha’s grave as I jumped seven years ahead on the MCU schedule. Surprisingly, she has no clue as to whether she or the others were detached. Jelena could have slipped and come back, or she could have survived from the start.
There is only one possible hint: when Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Valentina appears, their dialogue shows an existing working relationship, with Yelena saying things like “You shouldn’t bother me during my vacation” and “I want a raise”. And Valentina says, “I have your next goal,” which would mean that Valentina had given her at least one previous goal.
The problem is that we do not know exactly when the “Black Widow” scene will take place after the credit. If it had been months since everyone had returned, then it is very reasonable that Valentina could have hired Jelena at that time. If it were only days or weeks, the sentence becomes much more difficult to swallow.
Yes, we do not know. And as it turns out, neither is David Harbor, who plays Natasha’s father Alexei.
“I have no idea,” Harbor confirms to TheWrap with a laugh. “That’s a big question.”
Before this movie, the fate of Natasha’s family was not something we really needed to worry about. As far as we knew, the avengers were her only family. But by the end of The Black Widow, she was reconciled to her first family, Alexei, Melina and Yelena, and they were all alive when they divorced. If she lost the fragment over the Avengers colleagues, she would be doubly disastrous and would make her fanatical attempt to bring them back more and more understandable.
Really, Harbor is just as weird as we are.
“I like where it is, it is absent from it, and then it is like that here. “Because for me, this is a story in itself,” says Harbor. “And then you know, if he could find out [Natasha’s] sacrifice λω I mean, there is so much potential for what could come next. “
And that’s the other question that comes at the end of “Black Widow” – do not people know about Natasha’s sacrifice? Because Valentina is trying to pin her to Clint Burton in Gelena – which does not make sense on its own, but this is another conversation – calling him “responsible” for her sister’s death.
Obviously we the public know that Valentina is clearly trying to get things in order, and it is possible that Jelena and her family are still in the dark. And Clint himself was the only witness. Maybe he told his story about what happened to Vormir and Yelena just didn’t believe it.
For what it’s worth, Alexei and Melina are definitely alive at the end of “Black Widow”. And when a remarkable character makes it through an entire Marvel movie, the chances are good that they will appear at least one more time. Although Harbor insists he does not know when or if Alexei will return, he is certainly open to it.
“I would love to give people more and I’m glad he’s alive at the end of the movie,” says Harbor.