Marvel’s next big blockbuster, Black Widow, will explore the mysterious time period following the events in Captain America: Civil War. Fans will watch as Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) hides out in Russia after being named a fugitive for breaking the Sokovia Accords. With the film exploring many elements featured in Civil War, there is a good chance that the movie solves one of the MCU’s biggest plot holes.
A look at ‘Civil War’s’ big plot hole
At the beginning of the 2016 film, the Avengers are shown fighting Crossbones in Lagos. The mercenary is trying to get ahold of a biological weapon that is being housed at the Institute of Infectious Diseases.
While the superheroes thwarted his efforts, Crossbones’ decision to blow up a bomb in the heart of the city led to the creation of the Sokovia Accords. The film focused on the new law and how some members of the Avengers refused to sign.
But we never learned who Crossbones was working for in the first place. This small detail was completely left out of the movie and was never addressed in future projects.
With Black Widow only a few months away from hitting theaters, a new theory suggests that the movie will explain who hired Crossbones and why he was trying to get his hands on a biological weapon.
Where will ‘Black Widow’ pick up?
Marvel has confirmed that Black Widow will take place shortly after the events in Civil War. At the end of that film, Natasha decided to turn against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and help Captain America (Chris Evans) escape to safety.
Her decision immediately made her a fugitive. Without the Avengers or SHIELD having her back, Natasha turns to her old family in Russia, which includes Red Guardian (David Harbour) and another graduate of the Red Room in Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh).
Apart from the shots we saw in the trailer, the studio has kept a tight lid on the film’s plot. Although we know that Taskmaster will be the main villain, we still don’t know who was cast to play the part.
‘Black Widow’ to explore ‘Civil War’s’ mystery
Based on the trailers Marvel has released so far, there is a good reason to believe that Black Widow will solve the biggest plot hole in Civil War by revealing that Taskmaster was behind the attack on the Institute of Infectious Diseases.
According to We Got This Covered, the first clue is featured in the official trailer for Black Widow. The scene in question shows Natasha with a handful of red vials. Fans have theorized that the vials might contain a bioweapon.
The second piece of evidence in the trailer is when Natasha is shown infiltrating a science lab. As the theory goes, Natasha will be looking to take down Taskmasker in the film and find out what Crossbones was up to in Civil War.
We can only hope the theory is correct as it would solve one of the biggest plot holes in the MCU. Marvel has not confirmed anything, however, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
A closer look at Taskmaster
While fans wait to learn more about Black Widow, Topps just released a better look at Taskmaster’s official suit in the form of a new trading card.
The card gives a full view of the iconic villain, complete with his weapon and shield. The card doesn’t, of course, reveal the face behind the mask, but it’s definitely the best look we’ve seen yet.
Taskmaster has been a fan favorite in the comics for years. The character’s special skillset is the ability to instantly mimic his adversaries by just watching them. This makes Taskmaster a great villain for Natasha and Red Guardian.
There are a lot of theories about the true identity of Taskmaster, including the idea that one of the current cast members is actually playing the villain.
Black Widow is set to premiere in theaters on May 1, officially kicking off Phase 4 of the MCU. The only other Marvel film set to hit the cinemas this year is The Eternals, which is due out in November.