Here’s What We Know About Black Widow’s Backstory In the Future of the MCU

Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, is one of the most mysterious Avengers. The iconic character is played by actress Scarlett Johansson. Fans have gotten snippets of her backstory, but there just isn’t much out there about this former Soviet spy. 

Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Scarlett Johansson | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

All that is about to change. In May of 2020, Black Widow will get her own film. It’s not actually an origin story, although fans may get flashbacks or other explanations about her past.

The movie will take place in a time period between two Avengers movies. There still should be some history included, though. That’s exciting, but fans can get a glimpse of what turned Natasha Romanoff into Black Widow even sooner. 

Marvel will come out with a comic book 

A new comic about Black Widow is hitting the shelves before the movie release in May 2020. The origin story will be released in two parts, Black Widow Prelude #1 will be out in January 2020.

We’re not sure when the second installment will be released, but hopefully, it will be soon after the first. Fans will want enough time to read both comics before the movie release in May. 

The comic will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s an official tie-in for the movie. That means it was written to go with the film, and details should match up perfectly. That’s not always the case with other adaptations. Since Black Widow is so mysterious, it seems like Marvel wanted to give fans a definitive origin story that doesn’t contradict the movie.

‘Black Widow’ will not be an origin story 

A lot of outlets are calling the upcoming Black Widow movie an origin story, but it’s not. The movie will take place at a point between Avengers movies, after Civil War. 

Again, there’s no telling how much backstory the film will contain, especially since Natasha will meet up with another Black Widow. However, given the time frame of the movie, fans shouldn’t expect a full backstory to come out in Black Widow. Those who want a more thorough view of Black Widow’s history should probably pick up the comic book. 

Marvel may not be closing the door on Black Widow

Even though she died at the end of Avengers: Endgame, it’s possible we haven’t seen the last of Black Widow. Yes, we’re getting a solo movie, but will she be in future Marvel projects? 

There may be another Black Widow solo film in the future with Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, but there are rumors she may also come back in future Avengers films. Fans wondered why Natasha’s death didn’t get the same treatment as Iron Man, who had a long, solemn funeral scene. Now it seems possible that the reason for Natasha’s lack of sendoff was because she is going to be resurrected in future films. 

Let’s be clear, she’s definitely dead in the present Avengers timeline, but the door is not closed on the former spy for good. 

Plus, let’s not forget, there’s more than one Black Widow. Marvel is planning to introduce another in the upcoming movie. The character, played by Francis Pugh, may appear in future films as well.

Recently, Rachel Weisz said her character in the movie is also a Black Widow. There are dozens of graduates of the spy school in the Marvel Universe, so there’s no shortage of available heroes with complicated communist roots. It’s possible that even if Johansson’s Black Widow is dead, there will still be at least one Black Widow on the Avengers team.