Considered one of fandom’s qualms with Iron Man 3 is why Tony Stark was compelled to go it alone. Remember the fact that this was the primary Marvel film to come back out within the aftermath of The Avengers, so it naturally raised the query: the place have been the opposite Avengers? The place was S.H.I.E.L.D.? Granted, the entire ethos of Shane Black’s sequel is mainly that GIF of Judy Garland singing, “I don’t caaaaaaare!”, however followers nonetheless needed to know the reply, which wasn’t unreasonable. For those who’re going to construct an interconnected universe, than making an attempt to ship Iron Man again out on a solo journey raises the query of what precisely occurred to that interconnected universe.
Black Widow solves this drawback not solely by going down after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so no extra S.H.I.E.L.D., but additionally by going down after Captain America: Civil Conflict, which successfully ends the Avengers till they reunite throughout Avengers: Endgame. Natasha is on her personal as a result of the Sokovia Accords successfully disbanded the Avengers. Nobody can come to her assist as a result of most of her allies are on the run from the federal government.
This additionally ties in properly to the theme of Black Widow, which is that Natasha is with none household. The Avengers have been her found-family and the covert-family she had when she was a toddler can also be gone, however she’s drawn again into serving to the latter when her little “sister” Yelena calls her again into motion. So whereas Natasha has misplaced one household as a result of occasions of Civil Conflict, she has the possibility to place one other again collectively.
The prequel route additionally serves Marvel properly right here since they know the place they’ll slot this story with out affecting the bigger continuity. On the one hand, it’s a bummer that Natasha is already useless from the occasions of Endgame, but it surely does hold the character’s arc firmly locked in and simplifies the place precisely they’ll inform this story. The one different cheap place for a Natasha prequel could be about her extraction from life as an assassin-for-hire and into S.H.I.E.L.D., but it surely’s clear that Marvel needed a prequel that might additionally arrange Yelena’s introduction into the bigger MCU, so Black Widow has to deal with each characters.
Whereas some will undoubtedly have qualms with Black Widow (myself included), from a continuity perspective, the movie a minimum of clearly solutions the place the Avengers are, which is that they’re both locked up within the Raft (ready to be rescued by Captain America), they’re on the run like Natasha, they’re merely out of the sport like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), or they’re out of this galaxy like Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Everyone seems to be accounted for, and whereas it’s not like Natasha Romanoff ever wants assist, a minimum of Black Widow solutions why no different Avengers are coming to her assist in her long-awaited solo story.
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