Natasha Romanov has been a major mainstay since Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the hero getting one final highlight in Black Widow — alongside the “family” of former Russian spies, including Yelena, Alexei, and Melina. While Natasha’s story ends in Black Widow, Black Widow’s post-credits teaser sets up a future role for her sister in the MCU, and that’s with the team that has been teased before.
Black Widow mostly focuses on Natasha, the heroic Avenger and Black Widow stand out the most. He even manages to help free them, allowing Yelena – as well as their “parents” Alexei and Melina – to lead them all to freedom.
The post-credits sequence for Black Widow teases a future spy or at least a specific one. Taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Yelena visits a makeshift grave for the woman she considers her sister. Allowing herself to die to get Avengers the Soul Stone, Natasha is the only person the heroes can’t resurrect when the Hulk snaps. The grieving Yelena was silent for a moment and was soon joined by Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, who appeared in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier. He effectively encourages Yelena to work with him — hinting at his evolving plans for the MCU.
In his final appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he recruited John Walker — aka US Agent — to hire him, giving him a Captain America-esque figure. Now, with Yelena seemingly being courted for a position, Contessa has earned her position as the Black Widow. It looks like Val is increasingly imitating the actions taken by Nick Fury in the early days of the MCU and recruiting his team of superpowered individuals who can help him protect the world the way he wants. This adds fuel to speculation that Val will be in charge of the MCU’s incarnation of the Dark Avengers.
This confirmation also puts Yelena firmly in the middle of whatever changes are to come in the MCU. She would probably be a useful asset in any plan Val put into action, especially considering his contacts with the other Black Widows out there, as well as Alexei and Melina. It seems that more and more dark variants of the Avengers are being built while future generations of heroes are also in the spotlight, setting up a potential conflict over who protects the future of the MCU, with a new Black Widow right at the heart of every potential conflict.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, OT Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The film is now in theaters and available on Disney+ Premier Access.