Common logic would dictate that the Black Widow movie (opens in new tab) is going to be a prequel. Well, duh. Avengers: Endgame (opens in new tab) had that moment, so attention naturally turns to how far back things will go for Natasha Romanoff’s solo film. But it’s probably not going to be an origin story - which might surprise some.
In fact, the Black Widow movie could be smack-bang in the middle of Marvel Phase 3’'s timeline . How do we know? A leaked product placement shot, of all things. 2019 is the gift that never stops giving.
As spotted by Nacao Marvel, a Portuguese Twitter account, a recent photo has emerged of Scarlett Johansson driving with the top down while filming the Black Widow movie. She’s not just driving any car, though. It’s (apparently) a BMW Series 5 Touring Wagon. Stick with me, that’s important. Honest.
MCU📽️ • Ao que parece #BlackWidow deve se passar durante/após 2017, talvez entre CW e IW. O carro nas imagens é um BMW Series 5 Touring Wagon lançado em 2017. https://t.co/Ae62Ntz5CVJune 27, 2019
That particular BMW was released in 2017. Unless someone’s made a big production goof, that places the Black Widow movie at some time after Captain America: Civil War (opens in new tab) in 2016 and before Avengers: Infinity War (opens in new tab) in 2018.
The MCU timeline is a confusing beast, but those years are two certainties. Steve Rogers confirms as much when he mentions he’s been on the run for two years post-Civil War. A beard that nice doesn’t grow overnight, let me tell you.
But back to Black Widow. Far from the origin story some we may have suspected, this is perhaps going to be a way to help say goodbye to Natasha while not re-treading the same retro ground as, say, Captain Marvel (opens in new tab) in the 1990s.
A 2017 setting keeps things relatively fresh (everything post-Civil War is relatively uncharted territory in terms of what most of the Avengers-in-hiding were up to), while also being close enough to the Snap to, crucially, introduce any new Black Widow stand-ins moving forward.
Yep. All that from a car. I love the internet.
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