Why the ‘Black Widow’ Post-Credits Scene Is More Important Now Than Ever

If all goes as planned, Black Widow will finally come out in theaters November 6, and fans might finally see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves forward, even as the next film looks backward.

Even without the pandemic, this would have been one of the longer gaps between MCU movies. 

Spider-Man: Far from Home came out in July of 2019, and Black Widow was originally supposed to come out in May. That would have  been a gap of almost a year, which is understandable after the massive undertaking that was Avengers: Endgame.

Now fans are wondering how Marvel’s famous post-credits scenes will play out 

What has been the longest gap between MCU movies? 

Scarlett Johansson
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Given how the coronavirus has warped people’s sense of time, it may feel like it’s been a lot longer than a year since there has been a new MCU movie. While the delays have frustrated fans, there was a time not so long ago when there were longer gaps between MCU movies. 

The MCU got in a one-two punch out of the box, with Iron Man coming out in June of 2008, with The Incredible Hulk following only a month later. After that, the gaps started to widen.

It was almost two years until Iron Man 2, which came out in May of 2010. Then it was another year again until Thor came out in May of 2011. Captain America: The First Avenger followed quickly the following July, but then The Avengers didn’t come out until May of 2012. 

It was after this that Marvel began to pick up the pace, releasing two or even three films per year. How do fans think the post-credits scenes will go after Black Widow? The years 2017, 2018 and 2019, brought us three MCU films each, so now a gap of a mere 16 months between Far From Home and Black Widow feels like an eternity.

How will the post-credits scenes play? 

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Black Widow will be a bit of an anomaly in that it will be the first MCU film that is essentially a long flashback. True, First Avenger was set in the 40s when the other films had been set in the present day,

However, that was the first time we had met Captain America in the series. Fans have noted no small irony in the fact that Black Widow had to die first before Marvel gave her a long-promised solo feature;. 

Now, the question is, how will the end credits play out on a prequel? MCU movies usually feature two credits scenes. The mid-credits scene often points the way forward to the next movie somehow, while the end credits scene is often a throwaway joke. But how can the end credits point the way forward for a character that has no future? 

Fans on Reddit tried to puzzle this out, with one writing, “From what I understand, Black Widow may be a prequel but it will still set things in place that will be important going forward in the MCU.

Some of the characters or plot threads are likely to reoccur at some point down the line.” Another fan guessed, “I’m calling it now – Black Widow trapped in the souls stone as post-credit scene.”

Will we get ‘Black Widow’ in November or not? 

So now the two big questions are, when will we see Black Widow and just what will the post-credits scenes point to? The answer to the first question should be easy — November.

However, given the unpredictability of the pandemic, there has been talk that the release date might get pushed back again, or that the movie might even follow in the footsteps of the live-action Mulan and head to Disney+ for a premium

Assuming the post-credits look to the future, just what future is that? Is it of The Eternals, which is the next big-screen movie, in February, or is it to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the series that will premiere on Disney+ and which was itself delayed by the virus?

It seems like the hero we need now is less Black Widow and more Doctor Strange.