Kevin Feige reveals truth behind ‘Black Widow’ timeline

Kevin Feige

Kevin Feige answered one of the lingering questions surrounding Black Widow.

Black Widow served as Phase 4’s first movie, and Kevin Feige answered one of the most asked questions yet.

Since the pandemic began, Marvel Studios started looking for different ways to release their flicks. It opted to create more series and aired it on Disney+ amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the movies lined up for Phase 4, Black Widow managed to become the first film from the franchise. Although Scarlett Johansson’s character already died during Avengers: Endgame, she scored a standalone film before she bids goodbye for good.

Because of this, fans wondered why Marvel Studios chose to make Black Widow happen between Civil War and Infinity War.

Why Marvel Studios set Black Widow in a far timeline

Following the release of the film, Kevin Feige sat for an interview with EW. During that time, he talked about his and the team’s decision to place the movie on its current timeline.

Per Marvel Boss, he thought that the movie would happen after Avengers: Endgame while developing it. Because of this, they always wanted it to be an epilogue to the Infinity Saga.

However, their plans changed and made Black Widow be inspired by Civil War instead.

“There’s a very specific moment in Civil War where Natasha has a conversation with Tony Stark and then leaves frame, and then a very specific in Infinity War where she returns in Edinburgh with Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers,” he said.

Feige added that putting the film post-Civil War and pre-Infinity War filled the gap unexpectedly. It also gave fans a different outlook on Natasha Romanoff’s life and her family.

Black Widow also told how she saw Avengers as the ideal family for her.

At the end of the standalone film, Natasha proudly said how she has two families now. The same ending connected it to the beginning of Infinity War just before she met Steve Rogers.

Releasing it now also allowed its actress to say goodbye to the franchise. For what it’s worth, Johansson revealed to Fatherly that she will no longer be part of the franchise.

Still, she noted that she is willing to work with Kevin Feige and the Studios again soon — but in a different way. For now, fans cannot do anything but wait until the original Avengers show up together on screen again. 

Featured image courtesy of Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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