The world Steve Rogers knew fell apart in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He learned S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly overrun with Hydra agents, and the problem started at the top. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) stood beside him in the film (I think it was nice of her to let Captain America have top billing in her movie) and she confronted Hydra agent Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford). Marvel’s just released a deleted scene from that particular conversation, and it drops a few more clues about Black Widow’s mysterious past. Take a look:
By releasing all of Hydra’s secrets, she reveals all of S.H.I.EL.D.’s secrets. That includes stuff she’d probably rather keep under wraps. Pierce mentions Budapest, and we’ve heard that before in The Avengers. Hawkeye was there, too. He also drops Osaka and “the children’s ward.” Black Widow doesn’t blink until he mentions the children’s ward. That visibly unnerves her. These references to Black Widow’s past coupled with others we’ve heard in her cinematic universe appearances have me so curious about what this version of the character has done. Maybe they’re dropping these hints because we’re going to receive answers.
Peter Sciretta over at /Film wonders if this deleted scene is meant to tease a Black Widow prequel or One Shot short film. I’d like to believe that. Black Widow is more than deserving of an entire movie focused on her, and it is interesting that they’d release a scene with this dialogue. On the other hand, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige can only offer a “I hope we do it sooner rather than later” statement about a female-led film. That doesn’t leave me feeling optimistic.
Do you think The Winter Soldier deleted scene is a precursor to a Black Widow film or short, or should we just take it at face value?