The Black Widow movie has revealed its place within the larger Marvel timeline. After Captain America: Civil War served as something of a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many of the movies released in its wake worked within the new status quo of the Sokovia Accords. Films like Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Ant-Man & The Wasp all used the events of Civil War as a starting point for their own storylines.
Thanks to new revelations at San Diego Comic-Con, we can now add Black Widow to the list. During the SDCC panel for Marvel's upcoming film suite, the mighty blockbuster studio confirmed the film's setting as after Captain America: Civil War, and before Avengers: Infinity War.
The debut footage shown to Hall H attendees began with a montage of Black Widow quotes from across her many MCU appearances, and ended with Tony Stark's ominous warning from the end of 2016's Captain America: Civil War: "They're coming for you." Then, the excitement truly began, showing off a series of fast-paced action scenes, culminating in the surprise appearance of Taskmaster as the film's villain.
It's Tony's warning, "They're coming for you," which serves as the impetus for the events of Black Widow. The film sees Natasha on the run in Budapest, an important location for fans of the character. Thanks to her actions, aiding Captain America and Bucky Barnes in Civil War's thrilling airport battle, she ends the movie on bad terms with the United Nations, who will hunt her down like a fugitive.
Natasha doesn't appear again until 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, in which she's part of Captain America's team of former heroes on the run from the law, alongside Scarlet Witch and Vision. It's implied she met up with them sometimes before then, but the Black Widow solo film will surely shed some light on her whereabouts in the aftermath of Civil War, one of the most provocative eras in the MCU thus far.
Black Widow is at least partially set in Budapest, and is likely to explain the recurring references to the Hungarian capital city throughout Black Widow's tenure in MCU (remember Hawkeye's line from The Avengers: "You and I remember Budapest very differently") Likewise, the lack of backstory for the mysterious secret agent has long been a source of contention for MCU fans. She's hinted at the ill deeds she performed before joining Nick Fury in SHIELD, and Avengers: Age of Ultron showed a little bit of the trauma she endured while training to become a cold assassin, including executing bound prisoners and forced sterilization. Presumably, all the "red in her ledger" will be revealed when Black Widow hits theaters.
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021