- Oct 28, 2017
I've been thinking about this.
"Black Widow Prequel Movie" is feeling more and more to me like a master-class MCU swerve. It's pretty odd to kill off a character then AFTERWARD make their prequel/origin story - right at the moment when there's no stakes and people are least likely to care. There's definitely story to mine there (Budapest has been mentioned what - 3x now?) but I'm less sure now this is what Marvel is doing.
What if instead Black Widow opens with Gamora and Widow in the Soul Stone with them figuring out how to escape/break out?
This would also dovetail with GOTG 3 - letting two Gamoras run around the universe for a bit. Or have GOTG Gamora killed off as part of Black Widow, putting a bow on that plot thread.
A prequel is still most likely, of course. People talk about Winter Solder being a "Spy thriller" but it's still at least 70% standard superhero flick. Black Widow might be Marvel's test to see whether a truly smaller-scale, genre piece bottle-story can work within the MCU, and anchoring it around BW still ensures a good amount of hype/popularity.