Is a 'Black Widow' sequel featuring Yelena Belova in the works? Here is everything we know about a potential 'Black Widow' sequel, including the latest interviews and updates.
After numerous delays, 'Black Widow' finally arrived in theaters, kicking off Marvel's Phase 4.
The prequel film starring Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh has sure stirred some emotions. Black Widow, AKA Natasha Romanoff's first solo film, is set between the events of 'Captain America: Civil War' and 'Avengers: Infinity War.' The film follows Natasha as she reunites and teams up with Yelena (Florence Pugh), Melina (Rachel Weisz), and Alexei (David Harbour) to take down the Taskmaster.
As expected, 'Black Widow' has set up Yelena's appearance in Hawkeye's upcoming Disney+ series. But what fans really want to know right now is if there is also a way for 'Black Widow' to return in a sequel.
Let's dive into all the details we've gathered so far and find out everything there is to know about a potential 'Black Widow' sequel.
The truth is, nothing has been confirmed about a Black Widow sequel as of the moment. By the way the film was set, it looks like 'Black Widow' is a stand-alone, which means that a follow-up film is not necessary.
However, we are still not fully closing our doors to the possibility of 'Black Widow' 2. There are still some avenues left to explore should Marvel decide to greenlight a sequel. Let us discuss this below.
Warning: 'Black Widow' minor spoilers ahead.
After taking down the Taskmaster and freeing Antonia and the rest of the Widows from Dreykov’s control, Natasha finally said goodbye to her newfound family. She says she needs to fend off Ross and his men, who are still chasing her following the events of 'Captain America: Civil War.'
It's safe to say that this also serves as Black Widow's proper goodbye in the MCU, knowing her eventual demise in the 'Avengers: Endgame'.
With the way 'Black Widow' ended, there is only one logical path for a sequel to take (again, assuming Marvel decides to give it a go signal)--that is to put Yelena in the spotlight. In a dramatic ending, Natasha has turned over the mantle, and the future of Black Widow in the MCU, to Yelena. In the post-credits, we saw Yelena preparing to chase after Hawkeye, which also sets up her appearance in the archer's upcoming Disney plus show. If a sequel is greenlit, it will likely follow Yelena and the rest of the Widows as they try to establish a new life, free from the clutches of Dreykov.
When asked about the possibility of appearing in another MCU film, Florence Pugh, who plays Yelena Belova, says it depends on her character's popularity.
"If you get asked to be in a Marvel film, and it was so thrilling and fun and exciting to be in, then, of course, your head goes: 'Oh my God. If this is what it's like, then what else is next?" Pugh told Total Film.
"If that happens and I am lucky enough that people appreciate my character, that's an exciting road to go on. I would be silly to not be excited by it. I think that being part of the Marvel club is a great honor. But we'll just see if people like Yelena first."
When asked if a follow-up film for Black Widow is possible, Director Cate Shortland told RadioTimes:
“I think following a different character, yes,”
She added that she thinks that Scarlett is happy with her decision to leave the MCU and that she doesn't think that the actress is coming back any moment. However, the director also did not confirm any plans for Yelena.
"My focus was on Black Widow and what the characters are doing within our story. So I wasn't focused on Florence outside of that."
Nonetheless, the director expressed her eagerness to return on the chair should there be a sequel.
“I mean, all the beautiful fights and the spectacle, and I think just creating something really fun and joyous is pretty addictive...So yeah, I would do it again. Yes."
Scarlett seems to be firm on her decision to say goodbye to Black Widow for good. She tells Variety that she tells her "work with Natasha is complete."
“I never feel like my work is done,” she said. “I still think of new ways I could try lines from movies I shot 10 years ago. I really am happy with the work I accomplished in my last decade-plus at Marvel. I feel like I’m going out on a high note with a movie I’m incredibly proud of. I feel like my work with Natasha is complete, if that is such a thing. I’ve explored many facets of her person, and feel that her choice to sacrifice her life for her best friends was one that she made actively and with resolve," Scarlett says.