Anyone who thinks the MCU may not be able to surpass what it did in its Phase III must immediately watch the trailer for the highly anticipated Disney + series Loki It will feature MCU's beloved villain, the infamous god of mischief. It's a treasure trove of wonders, but what makes fans lift their jaws off the floor is a blink-and-miss scene near the end of the trailer – a brief shot of the back of a lonely character who very much resembles Scarlett Johansson's Natasha sees Romanoff aka Black Widow, whom we say heartbreakingly goodbye to in Avengers: Endgame.
The last time we saw Natasha, it was her who sacrificed herself on the barren planet of Vormir so that Hawkeye could get the Soul Stone, bring back his family, who was dusted off by Thanos, and finally get on with his life. Now we only have the exceptionally late one Black widow This takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War and is intended to provide a detailed introduction to who Natasha Romanoff was. While Black Widow as a prequel does not raise any hope of a super spy in future projects, the trailer Loki certainly does.
At 2:03 a.m. in the trailer, we see the back of a woman sitting with her back to the camera in the midst of high piles of rubble. The purple light and the surroundings make it appear as if the location in the scene is the planet Vormir. But what catches our attention is the fact that the character is dressed in all-black clothing that looks a lot like Natasha's iconic black costume, along with her classic bob hairstyle that she used in The Avengers and later in Avengers : Age of Ultron had. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Natasha is back from the dead.
It's an earlier version of Black Widow
Let's go back here for a moment. Our last sighting of Loki was during the endgame when Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of the team in their mission to secure the Infinity Stones went back in front of the Mad Titan and undone his snapshot in the present. But their first attempt to snatch the space stone hidden in the Tesseract was hit by the Hulk, allowing the god of mischief to escape through a portal.
The story in Loki is set to start right after this moment, which means it will start in 2012. So not only is this Loki a long way from the brave, selfless hero he became in the original timeline, but there is also a very much lively Black Widow who is years away from her death in 2023. So it could be her earlier version, set in a different timeline in Loki, but it would still mean she marks the return of Scarlett Johannsson, so it's still a win -win her fans.
AU version of Black Widow
Much of the trailer also deals with Loki, who is embroiled in the TVA, the Time Variance Authority – a bureaucracy that rules myriad realities. This means that it could well be an alternate version of Natasha sitting alone on the planet Vormir. Since the trailer also features scenes from a post-apocalyptic New York, it's likely that the Avengers failed to find that one way out of the fourteen million failed methods of beating Thanos. Perhaps it is reality where Tony Stark's vision comes true in Age of Ultron (induced by Wanda) – the heroes of the earth defeated and the planet burned down.
It's the black widow of the original timeline
In Endgame, remember how hard it was for Hulk to take the snapshot after wearing the glove, and later confess to Cap that he tried to undo Natasha's death but failed. Let's call it daydreaming, but maybe he managed to bring her back, just not as he expected. With the purple background and Vormir setting hard to ignore, it is possible that part of Natasha is back but is bound to the planet and unable to leave.
There's also a chance it isn't Black Widow
If we base our speculation on what the character looks like from behind, we have another contender – Lady Loki, who is reportedly played by Sophie Di Martino on the series. The actress was inducted into the cast of the series in 2019, and at the time of her casting, Deadline had reported that there is a chance she will play the female version of the Asgardian prince.
While details about her role in the film are not yet known, leaked set photos from series production earlier in 2020 appeared to confirm that Martino will actually appear as Lady Loki on the show. She was spotted wearing a black and green suit, which is just a slightly modified version of Loki's early costume in the MCU. On top of that, her blonde hair is styled very much like Natasha's. Although the character we see in the trailer appears to have red hair, the purple lighting Martino a.k.a. Makes Lady Loki's hair look auburn.
LADY LOKI? pic.twitter.com/mQzocQm7rt
– Marvel News (@BRMarvelNews) March 4, 2020
While Lady Loki is not yet pictured in the MCU, comic book fans already know exactly how she came about. Loki is known for his ability to change shape. He adopted a human body meant for Lady Sif's mind in J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel, and Marko Djurdjevic's 2008 Thor comic series, and that's how Lady Loki came about. While she's just another form of Loki in the comics, given the multiverse point of view, Marvel Studios is currently looking for an alternate reality in which Laufey's son is actually female.
But nothing can be said for sure, especially regarding the possible return of Black Widow, given that Marvel has used fake scenes in trailers of the MCU movies in the past and the possibility of the Avengers return may be just an illusion – just publication by Loki in 2021 can unlock the secret. You can watch the trailer for the Disney + series here.
Topics: Loki, Black Widow, Disney Plus, Streaming