Black Widow had a lot of Easter eggs and one of them not only connects to Black Widow’s Red Room in the comics, but also to the mutant nation.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Black widow, now in theaters and available to stream through Disney + Premier Access.
Black widow He had many Easter eggs, but one was not only directly connected to the Red Room but also to the world of mutants, which the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to incorporate.
Black Widow and Yelena Belova set out to find the Red Room, but to do so they needed to find out where it was. Fortunately for them, the man who posed as their father, Red Guardian, sat in a Soviet prison, serving a life sentence. They just needed to release him. The film featured the Red Guardian in prison, where he entertained his fellow inmates with fantastic tales from his past.
As the Red Guardian talked about the battles with the legendary Captain America, he fought with his fellow inmates and defeated them all. Then a giant man sat down and took the next turn. As the great prisoner, played by Dutch bodybuilder / model / actor Olivier Richters, prepared to fight the Red Guardian, the man taunted the super soldier. He called the Red Guardian, asking when this battle occurred and pointing out that Captain America was frozen in ice in the 1980s. Red Guardian asked the man, whom he called Ursa, if he was calling him a liar. He then won with a quick move, breaking Ursa’s arm. As the big man cried, the Red Guardian called him a big bear and walked away.
While this was likely just an Easter egg, the MCU possibly introduced viewers to Ursa Major, a Soviet warrior who is part of the Winter Guard in Marvel Comics. That team also includes the Red Guardian and Crimson Dynamo, who got a call in the movie when Yelena called Alexei by the wrong name while they were talking at Melina’s cabin. However, Ursa Major has two interesting connections to the MCU. The first is that it is a mutant, and if this is the Big Dipper from the comics, this is the first Marvel mutant introduced in the movies.
Ursa Major first appeared in Incredible Hulk # 250 in 1980 by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. Ursa Major’s mutant powers allow her to turn into a giant grizzly bear. In Russia, the government labeled all mutants as a threat to national security and ordered their deaths when discovered. However, Professor Phobos believed that he could use them as weapons for the Soviet government and Ursa Major was his first project. When the apprentices learned that Phobos had ulterior motives for them, the mutants rebelled against him. After this, Ursa Major continued to work with the mutants she trained with and eventually became a member of the Winter Guard.
Ursa Major had another key link to him. Black widow movie and the MCU. Marvel rebooted the classic comic Tales of suspense in 2018 with Matthew Rosenberg and Travel Foreman. These books featured Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Winter Soldier in the lead roles. However, this was not the original Black Widow, but a clone that the revived Red Room created to use for their world domination goals. One member, Alexander Cady, had the Black Widow clone created after Captain America killed her, but made a fatal mistake. He trusted Ursa Major to carry out this operation, but the mutant never liked being controlled by someone. Ursa ordered the scientists to ensure that the Black Widow clone retained all of Natasha’s memories and asked her to tear down the Red Room before fleeing himself.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian, OT Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The movie is in theaters and on Disney + Premier Access now.
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