It is a common assumption that Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be filled with heroes who will inherit the mantle of the Avengers who have died or have chosen to retire. What has been proven is Sam Wilson, who is now nicknamed Captain America after inheriting the shield from Steve Rogers. Meanwhile, Yelena Belova is predicted to replace Natasha Romanoff’s role as Black Widow in the Avengers and MCU. However, in theory, not necessarily. Yelena can turn into the evil Red Widow.
Yelena will be played by Florence Pugh and introduced in Black Widow. From the start, she was heralded as a replacement for Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as the new Black Widow. However, even if it fits with the story the MCU is currently working on regarding the successor to the Avengers, Marvel could have chosen a different path. In the comics, Yelena did replace Natasha as Black Widow on one occasion, but Yelena is a more gray character.
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In December 2019, to Uproxx, Florence once said that Black Widow didn’t feel like an inheritance film when they made it. This indicates something. Yelena also has a future in the MCU which is completely different from the Black Widow coat. Not to mention, in a recent interview, David Harbour, who plays Red Guardian, gives an important indication. Instead of turning Yelena into Black Widow, Marvel might intend to turn her into another character from the comics, namely Red Widow. ScreenRant has an explanation for this theory. Here’s the review.
1. Who is Red Widow?
In the comics, Red Widow is one of the most dangerous products of the Red Room. He was so twisted that it even scared Count Dracula. He was brought into the project when he was 7 years old. He is a homeless boy whose life is given structure and meaning by the harsh and intensive program and mental manipulation he undergoes. His body was covered in spots and scars. Although Red Widow has no superpowers, she is a skilled combat expert capable enough to subdue many members of the Avengers. He mastered the ability both for hand-to-hand combat as well as with weapons.
Recently, Russia decided to re-release the Winter Guard—their version of the Avengers—and Red Widow is a key member of that team. Even though she wasn’t a leader in the first place—the leader of this group was the Crimson Dynamo—Red Widow proved that she had an autocratic demeanor and an extraordinary level of tactical ability. He proved that he was more capable than the other members of the Winter Guard. He was the last person standing when they were attacked by Count Dracula’s Army of Unliving. This was an extraordinary feat because he didn’t have any superpowers.