Budapest gag to be revealed in Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’
By: Jay Moreno
An unexplained running gag in Marvel movies will finally disclose in the new ‘Black Widow’ movie, where the questions and theories fans have surrounding the ongoing reference will be put to an end. Scarlett Johansson introduces the franchise in the 2010’s ‘Iron Man 2,’ says all reveal in the new film. It will also mark her final appearance in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Black Widow: First Mentions
In 2012’s ‘The Avengers,’ an event in Budapest was mentioned by characters Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Johansson) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Natasha refers to a New York City alien invasion as “just like Budapest all over again,” Barton remembered and recalled being very different from fighting aliens. However, no detail regarding what occurred in the Hungarian capital mentions.
Seven years later, in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ the two giggle about being “a long way from Budapest” while on a spaceship. Like the first film, it made fans wonder what happened. Was it a disastrous event? Has an operation gone wrong? A minor incident? A funny moment? No one knew the answer, not even the cast or Marvel writers at the time.
Getting to the Bottom of It
As fans were left wondering, many speculated. Some humorously created fictional movie posters titled ‘Budapest’ and ‘Budapest: The Movie,’ hoping to get some background to the story.
After Johansson decided to depart the franchise, Marvel knew fans needed clarification on what happened in Budapest. In the film’s official behind-the-scenes book, Johansson confirmed writers “all agreed” for the story to be unravelled finally.
“We thought that if we don’t go back to Budapest and find out what happened there, people will feel unsatisfied,” Johansson said in an interview for the book. “Unfinished business is that sense of guilt that follows her around, which all stems from what happened in Budapest.”
Though the film’s plot isn’t solely about Budapest, it reveals why Natasha feels a weight on her shoulders. The revelation would provide a jump-off point for Natasha’s storyline.
Black Widow: The Final Reveal
In the new film set after 2016’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Natasha reveals to fellow “Black Widow” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) that the “Budapest Operation” was a failed mission by herself and Clint/Hawkeye to kill Red Room leader Dreykov (Ray Winstone). She means to be her final journey as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, the operation did not go as planned since he and his daughter survived the bomb attack. ‘Black Widow’ will showcase her mission to end the Red Room and Dreykov once and for all.
Though the explanation may be brief for fans, it will cease any speculations and theories. They will also no longer have to fantasize about a new MCU film to explain the Budapest events.
‘Black Widow’ opened in U.S. theatres on July 9 and became available for streaming on Disney+ Premier Access the same day. International releases have postponed to October due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first film in the MCU’s “Phase Four” of projects releases from 2021 to 2023.
Photo credit courtesy of Marvel and IMDB.
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