Warning: This put up incorporates Black Widow spoilers.
Whereas Natasha Romanoff’s story led to Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow represents a brand new chapter within the MCU, providing a touch at what might come subsequent for the character. Or a minimum of for characters with the Black Widow codename. Inevitably, the film pulls from Romanoff’s comedian e-book lore in addition to connecting to the broader MCU, regardless of solely unfastened connections to different Marvel motion pictures. As at all times, it is full of Easter eggs, Marvel Comic references, and secret callbacks and gags.
Among the teases trace to different super-soldier characters, clarify moments in Avengers: Infinity War, and even nod to mutants within the MCU. Whereas lastly providing Natasha the MCU story that the franchise has to date solely instructed in passing moments and transient flashbacks, Black Widow can be cautious to steadiness fan service with new revelations. Even understanding Nat’s destiny in Endgame and the unhappy actuality that Scarlett Johansson’s time within the MCU is now up, it is a story outlined by hope, resilience and redemption, so it is surprisingly forward-looking.
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With a remaining SPOILER warning for followers who want to search out these Easter Eggs on their very own with none clues, let’s get began. This is each Easter egg and reference in Black Widow.
35. The People
The opening of Black Widow attracts closely on the identical inspiration as acclaimed show The Americans, which adopted a Russian sleeper cell household embedded within the US. That was based mostly on a narrative from 2010, when ten Russian sleeper brokers codenamed the ‘Illegals Program’ had been uncovered by the US authorities. As in The People, Black Widow‘s household is a sham, with Melina and Alexei introduced collectively to achieve intel on high-level targets. The one distinction is that the youngsters are spies too, whereas The People‘ youngsters aren’t in on the ruse. The ladies are proven watching Ducktales as they’re pressured to flee. The reason being defined fairly rapidly within the credit because the Black Widow recruits are “skilled” in methods to be deep cowl brokers by watching widespread TV reveals (and taking notes). In that sequence, Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck are seen, to convey the cartoon geese full circle. By the way, the automobiles chasing the household as they flee are, after all, S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives because the group’s emblem is on the facet of every automotive, little question despatched from the North Institute.
34. The North Institute & Challenge MKUltra
The precise mission the Purple Room spy household are despatched to finish is stealing key intel from the North Institute, which seems to have been named after Oliver North in perverse honor of his involvement in underhand authorities initiatives (the Iran-Contra affair) as a nod to the false-front group that was in truth wanting into mind control. Although North wasn’t concerned, the venture Alexei steals info from is clearly based mostly on Challenge MKUltra, the CIA’s try and develop thoughts management strategies to make use of in opposition to their enemies. Much more importantly, the North Institute exists in Marvel Comics too and is the group that despatched killers after Natasha and different Purple Room trainees as a entrance for the Purple Room’s substitute 2R in Black Widow Vol 3 #1.
33. The Opening Songs – “American Pie” And “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Neither of the songs used within the prolog is unintended. Yelena’s favourite tune “American Pie” was written as a loss of life knell for the American Dream within the wake of JFK’s loss of life. It is a tune of mourning and it is becoming it performs over photos of Natasha watching her personal American dream die. And opening credit tune “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is used as a perverse twist on that tune’s adoption as a teenage anthem of defiance and self-expression – the very issues being conditioned out of the Purple Room victims.
32. The Historic Credit Cameos
The credit themselves embrace quite a lot of historic figures interacting with Ray Winstone’s Dreykov, in addition to pictures of Black Widows within the background of main occasions. Notable within the sequence are cameos by Jimmy Carter, Vladimir Putin, and Invoice Clinton.
31. Ant-Man Is “The Unimaginable Shrinking Convict”
Whereas Common Ross – returning after final being seen attending Tony Stark’s memorial in Avengers: Endgame (and apparently recent from one other coronary heart bypass) – appears to make an inexpensive joke on the expense of Ant-Man, his “the unimaginable shrinking convict” line is an Easter egg. The insult riffs on 1957 sci-fi basic The Unimaginable Shrinking Man, which was based mostly on Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man. Matheson’s Twilight Zone episode “Little Woman Misplaced” additionally impressed among the idea for Ant-Man‘s Quantum Realm.
30. Yelena Repeats The Winter Soldier’s Knife Trick
Yelena’s trick to kill her first goal copies Bucky Barnes’ knife trick from Captain America: The Winter Soldier in addition to mirroring the way in which Arya Stark killed The Night time King in Game of Thrones‘ final season. The refined trace right here is that the Black Widows and the Winter Soldier had been each merchandise of the identical coaching, echoing the comics, during which the Winter Soldier was really introduced in as a part of Natasha’s coaching. Elsewhere, there is a second the place Taskmaster additionally appears to repeat the Winter Soldier’s knife trick, hinting she’s studied Bucky.
29. The Black Widow Serum
A. key a part of Black Widow’s narrative sees Yelena and Natasha defending the serum developed by a rogue Black Widow to free different victims from Dreykov’s management. Whereas Natasha is not enhanced within the MCU, within the comics Natasha was given the Purple Room’s variant of the Super-Soldier Serum, which improved her bodily and psychological talents however to not the extent of Captain America. The opposite Widows who got here after her although had been augmented. The concept of Widows being chemically altered to regulate them appears to be a nod to that comics origin.
28. Taskmaster’s Civil Conflict Homework (And The Different Heroes Copied)
The primary scene of Taskmaster reveals her watching footage of Black Widow and Hawkeye’s battle from Captain America: Civil Conflict, which pays off twice in subsequent sequences when Taskmaster unveils her bow expertise in Budapest after which reveals off copycat Black Panther claws within the climactic Purple Room assault. On prime of these heroes, Taskmaster has additionally taken preventing classes from Captain America, whose protect stamp she makes use of at one level and Black Widow herself (as she pulls off the identical hurricanrana transfer Nat favors). The Winter Soldier knife trick additionally suggests Bucky is on her listing of cloned heroes too.
O-T Fagbenle’s character was largely saved below wraps previous to Black Widow’s launch, prompting suspicions that he was enjoying Taskmaster. In actuality, he is enjoying a model of Rick Mason from Marvel comics, although with some important modifications to his backstory. Moderately than being a undercover agent proficient in taking down superheroes and the son of Phineas Mason (the Tinkerer, who was one of many villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming), he is a fixer, with ties to the intelligence neighborhood who can get something at a value.
26. Natasha Watches Moonraker
Whereas in exile in Norway, Natasha watches James Bond film Moonraker on TV earlier than her energy cuts out, and speaks together with the road Roger Moore’s Bond quips to Hugo Drax about his lethal pet python: “I found it had a crush on me.” In hindsight, the selection of the movie is clearly a cheeky nod to the flying Purple Room being hidden from radar within the sky, as Drax’s plan entails a cloaked area station hidden from radar.
25. Hawkeye’s Budapest Legacy & The Die Vogel Poster
Within the Budapest protected home, Yelena feedback on three unusual bullet-holes within the wall, which Natasha corrects her are from arrows. Clearly, this was the positioning of the Budapest stand-off that Natasha references in The Avengers, with the pair of them surrounded and preventing back-to-back. Additionally notable is the poster for opera Die Vogel on one of many partitions: composed by Walter Braunfels, “The Birds” is an odd story of people rejecting humanity to stay within the society of birds. The parallels to Black Widow might not seem clear at first, however it’s a narrative of defection and id at its coronary heart and it features a society above the crowds, nearly just like the Purple Room.
24. The Civil Conflict Name-Backs & Different Avengers Mentions
In addition to answering what occurred between Clint Barton and Natasha in Budapest, Black Widow has quite a lot of call-backs to Civil Conflict‘s plot. Natasha mentions being estranged from “super-scientist” Tony Stark, for example, and the Avengers being “divorced”. On prime of that, there is a point out for Thor – or “the god from area” – who Yelena says is “one of many massive ones”. On the finish of the film, as Natasha jets off to reunite with the Avengers, Alan Silvestri’s now-iconic Avengers theme performs.
23. The Terminator Music Cue
Although the music itself is totally different, there is a distinct similarity within the Taskmaster chase sequence by means of Budapest and Terminator 2‘s river bed chase. As Taskmaster smashes by means of site visitors just like the Terminator truck, it is unattainable to overlook how comparable the musical cues are to the bike chase scene.
22. Hawkeye’s Cameo In Budapest
In addition to his arrow-holes showing within the protected home, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye seems within the Budapest flashback. Type of. When the loss of life of Dreykov’s daughter is revealed, Hawkeye talks to Natasha in her earpiece, wanting the greenlight to set off the explosives within the constructing. It is a voice-only cameo for Renner, who is not credited within the credit.
21. Dreykov’s Daughter & The Purple In Natasha’s Ledger
The revelation that Natasha allowed Dreykov’s daughter to die is a brilliant call-back to The Avengers, during which Loki challenged Black Widow on the sins of her previous. When speaking in regards to the purple in her ledger, Loki doubted those crimes could be forgiven: citing “Dreykov’s daughter” as one of many worst. Lastly, Black Widow provided context. On the identical topic of “ledgers”, Alexei celebrates the various murders his faux daughters should have dedicated by praising how their “ledgers should be gushing” with out the attention that he is being inappropriate.
20. The Black Widow White Fits
As revealed by the trailer and posters, each Natasha and Yelena put on the white Black Widow costumes from the comics. They had been lifted from the Black Widow: Lethal Origin miniseries, during which they had been designed by the Purple Room as snow camouflage. Fittingly, they put on the costumes to interrupt Alexei out of his snowy Russian jail.
19. Ursa – “The Nice Bear”
When it is revealed that Natasha and Yelena are headed to Russia to interrupt Alexei out of jail, the previous Red Guardian is displaying off his energy by arm-wrestler all comers within the jail communal space. After his brags of beating up Captain America annoy an enormous prisoner sufficient to problem him, Alexei breaks his arm in retaliation for the suggestion that he is mendacity. As he does so, he calls the prisoner Ursa and refers to him as “the nice bear”, making the unfortunate prisoner the MCU’s model of Ursa Main, a mutant with the flexibility to show right into a bear, who was additionally a Soviet super-soldier within the comics. That makes Alexei’s later declare to be “the primary and solely Soviet super-soldier” incorrect on a number of accounts.
18. The Crimson Dynamo
At one level, Yelena refers to Alexei as “the Crimson Dynamo”, which he finds insulting, however it’s a intelligent hyperlink again to a different member of the Soviet Tremendous-Troopers – the superteam each Purple Guardian (the third iteration) and Ursa Main had been members of. Within the comics, Crimson Dynamo is actually the Soviet Iron Man, and he exists within the MCU because of Iron Man 2: Anton Vanko, the unique Crimson Dynamo was the daddy of Ivan Vanko, Iron Man 2‘s Whiplash (performed by Mickey Rourke).
17. Purple Guardian’s Tattoos
Purple Guardian’s jail sequence reveals that he is coated in tattoos. Probably the most notable are the KARL and MARX throughout his knuckles (a love he shares with Dreykov, who has Marx’s portrait hanging in his HQ) and the Russian coat of arms emblazoned on his chest. That coat of arms was additionally featured on Red Guardian’s original comics shield, which does not seem right here. Amongst his many different tattoos, he has a falcon on one arm, a logo of energy in typical tattoo which means. The chest piece can be a redo of an notorious Russian prisoner tattoo that was chronicled by Arkady Bronnikov in his e-book ‘Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Vol I‘. In accordance with that seminal work, the towers throughout the two-headed eagle crest are utilized to criminals with a minimum of three convictions, whereas eyes on the chest imply the wearer is “watching over you”.
16. Purple Guardian’s Captain America Obsession
Although his story about preventing Captain America is unattainable due to the timeline – as Ursa identified – Alexei’s obsession with Cap is a reference to his singular drive within the comics to have a good battle with Cap to show who was superior. The pair really did battle in comics lore in 1963’s Avengers #44, which noticed Cap successful the battle till Alexei’s superior, Colonel Ling electrocuted him. Shostakov then reacted with disgust on the dishonorable method Cap was defeated and finally gave his life serving to the Avengers escape Ling, sacrificing his personal life within the course of.
15. The Winter Soldier Program
It is revealed by Melina that the knowledge that Alexei stole from the North Institute was the outcomes of experiments performed on Bucky Barnes as a part of the Winter Soldier program, reaffirming the hyperlink between HYDRA and Bucky’s Soviet controllers. Melina’s rationalization of the thoughts management experiments make it clear that Bucky was experimented on much more than has been revealed to this point.
14. Black Widow: Lethal Origins Nanites Reimagined
In Black Widow: Lethal Origins, it is revealed that years beforehand, Natasha was contaminated with nanites that she unwittingly handed on to these near her. The nanites then led to these secondarily contaminated dropping their free will, very similar to Black Widow‘s chemical manipulation of the Purple Room victims, who specific not having the ability to cease what’s occurring to them. The particles throughout the host pressure them right into a rage by their mysterious controller. And as a second parallel, Clint Barton finds himself as the primary goal.
13. Melina’s Pig Torture Copies Harry Potter
Within the movie’s most annoying second, Melina reveals off the expertise developed from the stolen North Institute knowledge by controlling considered one of her pigs and commanding it to not breathe. It nearly dies, as a result of it can not refuse her demand, and it’s totally a lot a second that echoes the scene in Harry Potter & The Goblet of Hearth when Mad-Eye Moody reveals off the Imperius Curse by displaying how he might make a cave spider kill itself.
12. Natasha Romanoff’s Mom Backstory
Whereas Purple Cranium arrange Natasha’s father because the necessary guardian in her backstory when he calls her “daughter of Ivan”, it is her mom who’s the extra notable in Black Widow. Initially, it is urged that she deserted her on the street, however Melina reveals that Natasha had been purchased as a toddler and her mom tried to trace her down till Dreykov had her killed in worry of her revealing the Purple Room. Within the comics, Nat’s mom additionally died tragically in a constructing collapse in Stalingrad in 1928 – a minimum of in Lethal Origin’s model of her origin – after asking Ivan Petrovitch to deal with her youngster.
11. Genetic Potential – A Delicate X-Males Tease & “Miracles” Name-Again
In a very refined second, Melina confirms that Natasha was chosen for her genetic potential – which can be why she succeeded as a Black Widow topic. That calls again to the explanation why Wanda and Pietro Maximoff had been the one profitable topics in Hydra’s Miracles Program, as certified in canon handbook The Wakanda Recordsdata, which speak of the genetic potential of individuals from Sokovia to such experiments. It is a fairly refined tease, however it really means that the MCU Natasha might have had the X-gene, because the comics model of her from the Mutant-X actuality did.
10. The Nod To Melina’s Iron Maiden Comics Previous
Whereas the Melina of Black Widow is way faraway from her comics iteration of Iron Maiden, there’s a very refined reference to her alternate universe historical past within the armory of her pig farm. Within the background of the weapon cache sits the face-changing expertise that Natasha makes use of to dupe Dreykov. Subsequent to the masks on their stands is a heavy helmet that looks like a nod to Melina’s different alter-ego. Even the faux faces that the Veil masks sit on bear a powerful resemblance to Melina’s Iron Maiden look.
9. Yelena’s “Many Pocketed” Jacket Is From Infinity Conflict
Infinity War sees Black Widow wearing a new costume after her time in hiding with the Secret Avengers. The inexperienced utility vest with a number of pockets is defined looking back in Black Widow as a present from Yelena. It has added which means because it’s the primary outfit Yelena is ready to purchase for herself and thus her first probability of self-expression. The truth that Natasha wears it sooner or later reinforces their hyperlink as sisters.
8. The Purple Room Base Above The Clouds Homages Lethal Origin
The Purple Room being hidden above radar within the sky is one other call-back to Lethal Origins, which has been surprisingly influential on the MCU. In that comics run, the dreadnought – not not like an MCU S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, belonged to Ivan Petrovich, Natasha’s former father determine who was pushed mad and remodeled into an android. The design from the comics is vastly improved upon by Dreykov’s Purple Room, however the idea stays the identical.
7. Natasha’s Face Swap Name-Again
The face-swap trick pulled on Dreykov to permit Natasha to get an viewers with him has been seen within the MCU earlier than, within the climax of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Photostatic Veil, or Nano Masks, first appeared as Widow duped Alexander Pierce whereas disguised as World Councilwoman Hawley (Jenny Agutter), but in addition appeared as a part of the Hydra arc on Brokers of SHIELD. It was developed by Dr. Selwyn and later additionally appeared in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier when Sharon Carter first appeared in disguise.
6. The OTHER Black Widow Hero Pose Gag
Yelena’s ribbing of Natasha in regards to the “Black Widow hero pose” she does on a regular basis was added to Black Widow due to Florence Pugh complaining about it behind-the-scenes, however there appears to be one other linked gag hidden within the Purple Room sequence. When “Natasha” (actually Melina) wakes up on the ground of her cell, the pose she’s nearly rigorously laid it appears to be like similar to the bizarre, unnatural pose Scarlett Johansson was photoshopped into for the Winter Soldier poster. It is also nearly the identical because the pose Natasha laid in after falling to her death in Endgame.
5. Dreykov’s Pheromones Reference Spider-Lady & The Purple Man
Although somewhat contrived, Dreykov’s pheromone “powers” do have some precedent in Marvel comics. Whereas he makes use of conditioning within the Black Widows to ensure they can not bodily assault him so long as they’ll odor him, Spider-Lady has pheromones that appeal to males and repulse girls. Killgrave – AKA The Purple Man – from Jessica Jones additionally controls others utilizing his pheromones, including an surprising hyperlink to Netflix’s Marvel reveals.
4. Level Break
The climax of Black Widow sees Melina destroy the engines of the Purple Room to start out a “managed crash” that’s something however and kicks off an excellent skydiving set-piece. Yelena finally ends up free-falling with no parachute, so Natasha dives to her to present her one earlier than Taskmaster assaults and Nat finally ends up falling with no parachute. The sequence very a lot seems like an homage to Level Break‘s iconic skydiving scene, which sees Keanu Reeves‘ Johnny Utah bounce out of a aircraft to catch Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi.
3. The Raft Breakout From Civil Conflict
Natasha’s final scene in Black Widow sees her reunited with Mason, who gives her with the Avengers Quinjet she’s later seen flying in Infinity Conflict. That units up her heading to the Raft jail with Steve Rogers to rescue the Avengers locked up in there – Sam Wilson, Scott Lang, Clint Barton, and Scarlet Witch (who the movie forgets is locked up at that time). In hindsight, the lack of a Quinjet is perhaps why Tony Stark felt he needed to rent a brand new Asset Supervisor, Comfortable Hogan in Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s timeline.
2. Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine Reappears After Falcon & The Winter Soldier
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina “Val” Allegra de la Fontaine was supposed to seem in Black Widow earlier than the pandemic modified the MCU’s plans and she or he debuted in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier episode “Fact”. She appeared in that present to rent John Walker as US Agent for her shady employer, and in Black Widow seems within the post-credits scene as Yelena’s new boss. It appears she’s constructing a workforce – presumably the MCU’s model of the Thunderbolts or the Darkish Avengers – for an unseen increased energy (she refers to her personal paycheck as an indicator), and Yelena is the second recruit (or the primary, chronologically).
1. Yelena’s Mission Flips Black Widow’s MCU Introduction
When Val palms Yelena the ipad containing the file on Hawkeye within the Black Widow post-credits scene as her subsequent goal, she units up Yelena’s half within the Hawkeye TV present but in addition flips Black Widow’s MCU past. As revealed in The Avengers, Barton was despatched to kill Natasha and as a substitute helped her defect and now the brand new MCU Black Widow will likely be on his path.
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