WARNING: This article contains full spoilers for Black Widow
Black Widow is Scarlett Johansson’s first solo movie as Natasha Romanoff. Despite being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since arriving in 2008’s Iron Man 2, the character has remained in the backseat for ensuing films. Black Widow continues her story between some of the movies, thickening the MCU timeline in the process.
When is Black Widow set?
The events of Black Widow take place just after Captain America: Civil War, but before its final scene.
At the end of Civil War half of the Avengers had been locked up by General Ross (William Hurt) in the Raft for not adhering to the Sokovia Accords.
Black Widow got away, however. After helping Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) get on a jet to chase Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), Natasha seemingly skulked away.
The Black Widow film picks up just after she got away. Viewers saw her finding a safe house, looking for new clothes and buying new passports and avoiding General Ross.
After the events of Black Widow take place, there was a two-week time jump.
During this scene, Natasha – now sporting the platinum blonde hair she had in Infinity War – met up with Mason (O-T Fagbenle), her arms dealer.
He delivered a high-powered jet that she would go on to use in Avengers Infinity War.
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For even more timeline confusion, Black Widow’s post-credits scene fast-forwards to “present day” in the MCU.
The last moments of the movie show Yelena Bulova (Florence Pugh) visiting Natasha’s gravestone.
Natasha died in Avengers Endgame after travelling back in time and through space to the planet Vormir.
On this planet, the Avenger was forced to sacrifice herself to get the Soul Stone.
Black Widow’s post-credits picks up after Endgame and shows how Yelena is dealing with the loss of her sister.
It also crucially sets up the beginning of the next Disney Plus TV show – Hawkeye.
Black Widow is in cinemas today and arrives on Disney Plus with Premier Access on Friday.