Kevin Feige revealed how Yelena Belova will carry on the legacy of the nominal professional killer after Black Widow. Occurring between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Natasha Romanoff’s performance film tracks down her disconnected from the Avengers and reuniting with the pseudo-family from her youth. In Budapest, Nat runs into Florence Pugh’s Yelena, a sister as a substitute who additionally went through preparing at the Red Room. Natasha enlists Yelena to help her take down General Dreykov and Taskmaster, defying the apparitions of their past and settling scores they thought had already been dealt with.
Obviously Black Widow is setting up Yelena’s future as the next super professional killer in the MCU and Marvel head Kevin Feige revealed exactly how she will be carrying on Natasha’s legacy. During a Black Widow watch party on Marvel’s Twitter, Feige said Yelena will continue to lead for Natasha’s legacy, yet that she will do it according to her own preferences. The studio head says that Yelena will be “her own character” rather than simply a retread of Johansson’s currently universal performance as the Russian professional killer. Check out his musings below:
It was already clear from Black Widow that Yelena is a foil for Natasha and that the pair have a different point of view. Natasha begins the film as unsentimental towards her former family while Yelena has more of an emotional relationship with the complicated dynamic. Additionally, Yelena seems to have spent substantially more time in the Red Room than Natasha, something that makes certain to alter their points of view. How that will continue for Yelena going ahead will just complicate things further.
Yelena’s next appearance will see her in an adversarial position to Clint Barton, Natasha’s former partner and one of her closest friends. The forthcoming Hawkeye series will likely see a further change of the character, yet whether or not Clint will make it out alive is on everyone’s psyches. He, as well, will be passing down the light to Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop and the Disney+ series could prove to be his own final appearance in the MCU. Black Widow was clearly just the beginning for Yelena and while her future is beginning to take shape, there’s still plenty of mystery encompassing the character.