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    45 "Black Widow" Details That You Might've Missed The First Time Around

    There are so many callbacks to Natasha in The Avengers.

    🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE — and I mean MASSIVE — spoilers ahead for Black Widow!🚨

    Hi, hello. If you're here, I'm assuming you're like me and you can't stop flailing about Black Widow. So, to celebrate this pretty perfect MCU movie, here are all the details I noticed:

    If you're new to these posts, welcome, and I apologize for all of my nerdy yelling! If you're returning after WandaVision AND The Falcon and the Winter Soldier AND Loki, thanks so much for coming back!

    1. First, in case you don't know, young Natasha is played by Ever Anderson, who is the daughter of actor Milla Jovovich and director Paul W. S. Anderson. Meanwhile, young Yelena is played by Violet McGraw, who you probably recognize as young Nell from The Haunting of Hill House.

    Young Natasha whistling and young Yelena holding Melina's hand
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    Just some fun casting details I absolutely loved.

    2. Young Yelena tells Natasha that they're both upside down while playing in the yard, and Yelena says this again to Natasha after they take down the Red Room.

    Young Natasha doing a back bend and saying, "We're both upside down," vs older Yelena saying the same thing
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    3. After young Yelena hurts her knee, Melina tells her pain only makes her stronger. This line is repeated two other times in the movie.

    Melina, young Yelena, and Natasha all saying a version of, "Pain only makes us stronger"
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    4. If you look closely, you can see that an episode of DuckTales is playing on the TV in the living room.

    A close-up of a TV in a living room playing DuckTales
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    5. A more obvious detail, but just in case your adrenaline was getting in the way, you can spot a '90s S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on the cars chasing Alexei, Melina, Natasha, and Yelena.

    A close-up of a SHIELD logo on a car
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    6. Melina tells Natasha to "never let them take your heart," which she remarks again when they are reunited.

    Melina saying, "Never let them take your heart" vs. Melina asking Natasha how she kept her heart
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    7. Alexei was working undercover at the North Institute in Ohio, and in the comics, Natasha and other Widows who survived the Red Room were eventually hunted by the North Institute in the US.

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    Also in the comics, after the North Institute tries to find her, Natasha eventually heads to Russia, where she learns about the mental manipulation she was subjected to as a Widow.

    8. During the (incredible) opening credits, you can see footage of Christmas, Easter, and other holiday moments Natasha later says she remembers filming.

    Natasha saying, "We shot Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and summer vacation all in one day"
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    9. The news footage shown in the opening credits is from WHiH World News, which is a news network that has been used throughout the MCU movies and TV shows.

    News footage talking about a "Russian sleeper cell" in Ohio and the North Institute fire
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    10. You can also spot two Widows going through the same cranial procedure that almost happens to Yelena when she's captured by the Red Room later on.

    Yelena saying, "This is a much less cool way to die"
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    11. The vials of blue liquid shown in the opening credits are likely a nod to the Red Room trying to recreate the super-soldier serum. We know they succeeded in some way because of the Red Guardian.

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    In the comics, Natasha receives the Red Room's version of the super-soldier serum.

    12. Natasha brings up Ross's second triple bypass, and in Captain America: Civil War, Ross mentions his first heart attack.

    Ross in Civil War saying, "Fire years ago, I had a heart attack"
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    13. When Ross lists the Avengers they have imprisoned on The Raft, the only person he doesn't list is Wanda Maximoff, and he can't remember Scott Lang's name.

    Ross saying, "We got Barton, we got Wilson and that other guy, the incredible shrinking convict"
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    14. When the "Taskmaster protocol" is first enacted by Dreykov, you can see that Taskmaster is watching footage of Hawkeye and Black Panther fighting from Captain America: Civil War.

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    Also, in the comics, Taskmaster is Anthony Masters, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent turned assassin, who first appeared in the Avengers comics. Like the Taskmaster in Black Widow, he can replicate anyone's combat skills.

    15. While we only briefly see Rick Mason, he does appear throughout the comics. Rick often works with S.H.I.E.L.D., and he's actually the son of Tinkerer, aka a Spider-Man villain.

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    16. You can see that throughout Black Widow, Natasha is wearing her arrow necklace, which she's worn in other MCU films.

    Close-ups of Natasha wearing her arrow necklace in Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and Infinity War
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    Scarlett Johansson made the choice to wear an arrow necklace back in 2014, as a nod to Hawkeye and Natasha's friendship.

    17. While hiding out, Natasha watches (and quotes) the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker. The movie follows James Bond as he investigates the theft of a space shuttle and confronts Hugo Drax.

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    Moonraker also deals with the villain being stationed in space, which is what Natasha later deals with in both Infinity War and Endgame. Also, Dreykov and the Red Room end up being stationed in the air too.

    18. Throughout Black Widow, Taskmaster mimics the fighting styles of several Avengers. In her first encounter with Natasha, Taskmaster uses Captain America's shield moves, Natasha's flip over someone's head — like she used on Bucky in Winter Soldier — and Natasha's fighting pose.

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    Later on, Melina also does the iconic Widow flip over someone's head while fighting Taskmaster in the Red Room.

    19. Natasha uses the same knife move — where she drops it from one hand to another — that Yelena uses on one of the Widows when we first meet her.

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    A great and small detail to show that they were trained in the same place.

    20. Behind Yelena at the Budapest safe house, you can spot a poster for the Die Vögel opera. The opera basically follows a group of people who leave society to go be among the birds.

    A close-up of a Die Vögel opera poster
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    One of the characters says that the birds should build a city above the clouds, which is where the Red Room ends up being located in Black Widow

    21. This isn't really a hidden detail, but it's been years in the making, so I have to yell about it. We FINALLY found out what happened with Natasha and Clint in Budapest, which is something that was first mentioned in The Avengers.

    Natasha mentioning Budapest in The Avengers, and Clint saying, "You and I remember Budapest very differently"
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    22. During the car chase, Taskmaster mimics Hawkeye's bow and arrow moves while trying to catch Natasha and Yelena.

    Taskmaster shooting an arrow vs. Clint shooting one
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    23. You can see that while Natasha and Clint were hiding, they were playing tic-tac-toe and a game of hangman, where they were trying to spell "butterfly."

    A close-up of a game of hangman with the letters B, T, and F filled in
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    24. We finally see what happened to Dreykov's daughter when Natasha tells Yelena about it, and Dreykov's daughter was first mentioned in The Avengers by Loki when he's talking to Natasha.

    Loki telling Natasha, "Can you? Can you wipe out that much red? Dreykov's daughter?"
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    25. Alexei has tattoos dedicated to Melina, Natasha, and Yelena that you can spot while he's arm wrestling in prison.

    A close-up of Alexei's tattoo of Melina's face and Natasha and Yelena's names
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    One of David Harbour's favorite Alexei tattoos is the Melina one. He said, "Then on his neck is a special custom tattoo we had built that is Rachel Weisz’s face in a bob haircut when she was younger. It says 'Melina' underneath that. That was probably my favorite one because I love Rachel Weisz."

    26. Also, Alexei has "Karl Marx" tattooed on his knuckles.

    Close-ups of Karl written on Alexei's right hand and Marx written on his left
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    27. The inmate who questions Alexei's fight with Captain America is named Ursa, whose name is taken directly from the comics. In the comic books, Ursa Major is the superhero alter-ego of Mikhail Uriokovitch Ursus, a member of Russia's version of the Avengers who can turn into a bear.

    Alexei saying, "Are you calling me a liar, Ursa, huh?"
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    Alexei even calls Ursa "a big bear" after breaking his wrist.

    28. When Natasha swings down from the helicopter while saving Alexei, it's the same move Taskmaster used while fighting Natasha on the bridge.

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    29. Natasha and Yelena's white suits are a nod to the comic book series Black Widow: Deadly Origin, where Natasha wears a white suit.

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    30. Alexei mentions how Yelena and Natasha's ledgers must be "gushing red," and this is a callback to Natasha and Loki's conversation in The Avengers.

    Alexie telling Natasha and Yelena that their ledgers are gushing red vs. Loki telling Natasha in Avengers, "Your ledger is dripping, it's gushing red"
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    31. When Melina opens up her secret closet full of weapons, you can spot what looks like Iron Maiden's mask from the comics. In the comic books, Melina goes by Iron Maiden, who often goes up against Black Widow.

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    Iron Maiden basically lived in the shadow of Black Widow her entire life, thus causing some hatred.

    32. When Alexei, Melina, Natasha, and Yelena reunite at Melina's house, they are sitting around the table in the exact same places they sat while eating dinner in 1995.

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    33. Melina tells Natasha about her mother, which makes Natasha learning her father's name right before her death in Endgame even more heartbreaking. Now we know that Natasha knew about both her parents before she died.

    Melina telling Natasha Dreykov had her mother killed vs. Red Skull saying, "Natasha, daughter of Ivan"
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    34. Yelena makes fun of Alexei and calls him the "Crimson Dynamo." In the comics, one version of the Crimson Dynamo was part of the Winter Guard, aka Russia's version of the Avengers, which also included Red Guardian and Ursa Major.

    Yelena saying, "The only thing you care about are you stupid glory days as the Crimson Dynamo, and no one wants to hear about that"
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    Another version of the character was Anton Vanko, who was an Iron Man villain.

    35. When Natasha (but really Melina) and Yelena are lying unconscious on their way to the Red Room, it's the same way Natasha and Yelena were lying side-by-side when they were taken in Cuba.

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    36. The disguise Natasha and Melina use — aka a Nano Mask — is the same tech Natasha used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in order to infiltrate the World Security Council meeting.

    Dreykov peeling off Natasha's mask vs. Natasha peeling off her mask in Winter Soldier
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    A Nano Mask was also used by Sharon Carter in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 6.

    37. Dreykov's pheromone trick is pulled directly from the Black Widow comic book series from 2004. In the comics, the Red Room creates the pheromones, and Natasha breaks her own nose in order to stop being controlled by it, just like in the movie.

    Dreykov saying, "Smelling my pheromones prevents you from committing violence against me"
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    38. While fighting Alexei in the Red Room, Taskmaster mimics Black Panther's claw move, Bucky's iconic knife flip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America's move where he kicks up his shield.

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    39. After Dreykov reveals how to access the Widows' database to Natasha, she thanks him for cooperating. This is a nod to when Natasha used the same tactic on Loki in The Avengers.

    Natasha saying, "Thank you for your cooperation" in Black Widow vs. in The Avengers
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    40. Of course, now we know that Natasha was wearing Yelena's vest throughout Infinity War and for the beginning of Endgame — and now I need to know where it ended up.

    Yelena saying, "I know how much you like it" vs. Natasha wearing her vest
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    41. The Quinjet that Rick gives Natasha at the end of the film is the same one she uses in Infinity War when Natasha, Steve, and Sam travel to Scotland to save Wanda and Vision, and when they go to Wakanda.

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    42. Here are Scarlett Johansson's first and last scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just because it's very important to me. Also, Natasha starts her journey in the MCU by walking toward us in Iron Man 2, and her last scene shows her walking away from us.

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    Natasha's final scene is also underscored by the iconic "The Avengers Theme" by Alan Silvestri.

    43. Eventually, Yelena does get the dog she always wanted, and she even names it Fanny, which is one of the aliases Natasha was given by Rick.

    Yelena saying, "Come on, Fanny" vs. Natasha telling Rick, "Fanny Longbottom? What are you 12?"
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    She literally names the dog after Natasha. It's fine, I'm just weeping.

    44. Natasha's grave is underneath a tree, which is exactly how Dreykov described where her mother was buried after she was murdered.

    Natasha's grave vs. Dreykov saying, "Where we buried her, there was a tree. A pink blossom. Beautiful. And there was a tombstone with her name engraved on it"
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    Also, Valentina says she's "allergic to the midwest" while visiting Natasha's grave, which means it's probably in Ohio. 

    45. And finally, when Yelena visits Natasha's grave, she puts her forehead to her headstone, which mirrors when Natasha and Yelena reunited after the Red Room exploded.

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    Of course, Yelena also does her and Natasha's whistle, which happens throughout the film too.

    Did you catch any other Easter eggs or cool details? Have a better theory for one mentioned above? Tell me everything in the comments below!

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