As far as I’m concerned, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has emerged as one of the most interesting and reliable characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the years. Her relationship with Steve in the films has slowly grown into one of the more interesting dynamics in comic book movie history in my opinion, and it’s hard to think of a film that showed that better than Captain America: Civil War did either, as Black Widow not only initially sided against Steve, arguably her best friend in the MCU right now, but then ended up switching sides and betraying Tony halfway through.
We’ve only seen and heard bits and pieces about Natasha’s backstory throughout the movies though, with the brief visions we saw in Age of Ultron and some information she’s directly given to other characters. Though, I think we’ve gotten some of the most interesting insight into her origins yet in Agent Carter, and especially in its first season.
While Kevin Feige practically confirmed that fans can expect to see a Black Widow standalone film in Phase 4 of the MCU, after Infinity War, which will hopefully (finally) take advantage of the interesting and complex history behind the character, it turns out that Civil War originally would have given us more insight into her character as well.
A new segment from the upcoming novelization of Civil War seems to reveal a deleted scene from the movie, between Natasha and Steve, and though it’s unclear where during the film’s timeline it might have taken place, it does give some more insight into the cruelty she was subjected to on her way to becoming the super spy she is today:
“Natasha studied Cap’s expression of resolve. Finally, she said, “In Russia, in the Red Room, there were dozens of us. All girls, all young. We lived together. They let us be friends. Then they dropped us in the tundra, two weeks’ walk from home, with just enough supplies for one of us to survive.”
Cap looked at her, understanding her meaning.
“Don’t let them push us into the cold,” she said.”
Now, it’s hard to know for sure why this was cut from the film, with some speculating that it’s possible Marvel is planning on revisiting or reusing this angle in the Black Widow standalone film, though it’s possible it could have been cut simply for pacing and run time reasons as well.
Right now though, the more we learn about Natasha’s origins the more interesting they seem to become, and while some fans were left cold by Age of Ultron‘s depiction of her training, others saw it as only a taste of what they really want to see in a solo film for the character. Personally, I was more on the latter end of that debate, and I’ve been hoping to see Natasha get a chance to shine in her own story ever since The Avengers really. Until then though, I can just take solace in rewatching some of her more iconic scenes in the MCU so far, including that funeral scene between her and Steve in Civil War, which never failed in bringing tears to my eyes while watching it.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on Digital HD on September 2nd, but will be released on Blu Ray on September 13th.
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