- Disclaimer: There are major spoilers ahead for Marvel’s “Black Widow”.
- There is a scene after the main credits, with Yelena and Val (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
- He’s teasing a potential group and what to expect in Disney + ‘s upcoming “Hawkeye” series.
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“Black Widow” is finally in theaters and available for purchase on Disney +.
If you watch, be sure to stick around for a mid-credits scene that teases the return of a mysterious Marvel character and hints at what’s to come in Disney + ‘s upcoming “Hawkeye” series.
If you’ve left the theater early or seen the stage and don’t know what to think about it, we’ve got you covered.
What happens: Yelena is approached by the mysterious Marvel character of Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Yelena (Florence Pugh) and a dog exit a blue van. They are in a wooded area of Ohio, where Yelena and Natasha (Scarlet Johansson) grew up.
Yelena walks to a grave surrounded by cards, flowers, and stuffed animals. It says “daughter, sister, Avenger”. As the camera zooms out, you can spot the Black Widow badge on it. This is Nat’s grave.
Yelena, visibly upset, makes sure the vigil is neat and organized. She then walks to the side of the grave and tilts her head there, as she and Nat would lean their heads over each other. Yelena sniffles and hisses at the woman who was like a sister to her. Nobody’s answering.
As she stands in front of the grave, footsteps approach her. A person off camera is heard blowing their nose loudly. Yelena turns to see Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (alias Val), played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
“Sorry. I’m allergic to the Midwest,” Val said.
“What this woman did, honestly, I can’t even imagine,” Val continues as Yelena looks more and more annoyed.
“You’re not supposed to bother me on my vacation, Valentina,” Yelena said.
Val claims she’s just there to pay tribute to him, but Yelena doesn’t accept it.
“You know, coming here makes you look desperate,” Yelena said, to Val’s laughter. “I want a raise.”
“You and me both,” Val replies.
“Believe me, you’ll win it. I’ve got your next target,” Val adds, pulling a tablet out of a purse. “I thought I would hand deliver it. Maybe you’d like to shoot the man responsible for your sister’s death. “
Val hands the device to Yelena and it shows a picture of Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremey Renner).
“Kind of cute, don’t you think?” Val asks.
The scene then goes black.
What you should immediately notice: This scene takes place after “Avengers: Endgame”.
Let’s get rid of the obvious before we get to Val.
While the majority of “Black Widow” takes place in the past, between the events of 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” and 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” while Nat is on the run from the government for helping Cap, the middle credits scene flashes years later.
It’s not noted in the credits, but we do know the scene takes place years later because Nat sacrificed herself in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” so Hawkeye could get the Soul Stone and help out. prevent Thanos from creating “the blip”.
We never got a funeral scene for Nat so it was nice to see one of the other original Avengers remembered here.
What else it means: We might see Yelena again sooner than planned.
One of the main takeaways is that we could see Yelena appear in Disney + ‘s upcoming “Hawkeye” series which is set to premiere this fall. The credits scene makes it look like she’s going to go after Clint, which is totally unwarranted.
This brings us to the following …
We don’t trust Val.
We know Hawkeye didn’t kill Nat. Hawkeye did his best to risk his life so that Nat could live in “Endgame”. So why is Val trying to convince Yelena that he killed her?
Any Avenger knows that Hawkeye didn’t kill Nat. This automatically tells us that Yelena probably isn’t in touch with the Avengers or any new Avengers initiative (think Young Avengers) – yet, anyway.
We bet Val also knows that Hawkeye was not responsible for Nat’s death. It looks like Val and whatever organization she works for (or with) may want some of the original Avengers to be taken off the board for some reason.
Perhaps the “Hawkeye” series, which is currently due out this fall on Disney +, will help shed light on Val’s intentions in the MCU.
Wait. Who is Julia Louis-Dreyfus Val’s character and what does she do? She’s probably fighting over her own team, but maybe not a good one.
JLD’s Val first appeared in episode five of Marvel’s Disney + show, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (“TFATWS”). Val visited an unlucky John Walker (Wyatt Russell) shortly after being stripped of the title of Captain America. (TL; DR: Walker killed a man in public and that’s just not something you do when you’re a superhero.)
“We won’t need a Captain America. We will need… an American agent,” Val told Walker before giving him and his wife a seemingly blank business card and theirs. say she would be in touch.
Depending on how the MCU adapts the comedic character of Val, Val could either be revealed as a leader of Hydra (yes, this organization never goes away), have deep connections to SHIELD, be a sleeper agent who was trained. in the same or a similar place to Nat and Yelena, or all of the above.
It was also noted that JLD’s Val could put together his own anti-hero / villain team called The Thunderbolts. It seems pretty accurate. Based on his two appearances in the MCU so far, Val certainly feels like an anti-Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) pulling together his own league of Marvel characters.
Val, and the well-connected mystery organization she works for, is well aware that Walker took the Super Soldier Serum although very few people have that knowledge.
In “Black Widow”, Val was not recruiting Yelena. On the contrary, it seems that they have been working together for quite some time.
Over the course of the Phase One Marvel films, Fury has appeared in many singular MCU movies to argue over superheroes and create the Avengers.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Val continued to appear in other Marvel Phase 4 projects, slowly building up her own team (imagine if she recruits the villainous Hulk, the Abomination). Following “Loki”, Marvel’s next projects for 2021 include “Ms. Marvel”, “Hawkeye”, “Shang-Chi” and “Eternals”.