Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige explains why Black Widow takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and why Marvel envisioned the film as an epilogue to the Infinity saga. Spoilers notice

Black widow is set in 2016, seven years before Natasha’s sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. The film follows a fugitive Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) on the run for violating the Sokovia Accords and assaulting the king of Wakanda, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in Civil War.

“When we were developing this movie, which we knew would come after Avengers: Endgame, we talked about some possibilities and some different ideas. He always imagined himself after the saga of Infinity “Feige said to Entertainment Weekly on why you decided on Black widow to be the first film in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “There is a very specific moment in Civil War where Natasha has a conversation with Tony Stark and then leaves the frame, and then a very specific one in Infinity War where she returns to Edinburgh with Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers.”.

Because Black widow takes place after Civil war and before that Infinity War, Feige added: “This movie fills that void in a way that not only fills what she literally did during that time, but fills this other aspect of her life that was very important in her upbringing and ideas about family, and why she was so skeptical. about family and why the Avengers became something of the ideal family for her. “

“That started to be what we said with Scarlett and Cate [Shortland, directora], and with fellow producers Brad Winderbaum and Brian Chapek on what this story could be and how it could be very personal for Natasha. “Feige said.

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With the help of her estranged family, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) and Alexei Shostakov (David Harbor), Natasha confronts her past to take down Dreykov (Ray Winstone) and the Red Room, a place that turned a young Natasha and Yelena into assassins. Instead of an origin story, Black Widow revisits Natasha’s past before ending up in a post-credits scene set after her death in Endgame.

“After Civil War it felt like a good time to start. We never intended to do an origin story, I never wanted to do an origin story because I just didn’t want to go back so [lejos], I wanted to move on – even though we will return ”, Johansson told Screen Rant about Black Widow’s place in the MCU timeline. “It gave us a really interesting place to start, like all the pieces are everywhere and how we connect everything again. When you find her at the beginning of the movie, she’s just broken, and at the end of the movie, the goal is to put her back together, but different than before. “.

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