Black Widow‘s Scarlett Johansson, who plays Natasha Romanoff in the MCU, has revealed that the upcoming Black Widow movie will resolve a long-running mystery.
During the 2012 movie The Avengers, Natasha told Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) that fighting alongside each other was “Like Budapest all over again”, to which he replied, “You and I remember Budapest very differently”.
It has been eight years since fans first saw this scene and we have been speculating ever since on what actually happened in Budapest. Well, Johansson has confirmed that we will finally be getting an explanation during the upcoming Black Widow movie.
In Marvel’s Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book, Johansson is quoted as saying the “throwaway line” will be explored in the movie.
We all agreed that we had to find out what happened in Budapest,” she says. “That started out as this throwaway line [which] Joss Whedon threw into Marvel’s The Avengers as a funny moment between Hawkeye and Black Widow.
That’s Clint and Natasha talking about their history, and you get a fun little Easter egg for fans to theorise about. We thought that if we don’t go back to Budapest and find out what really happened there, people will feel unsatisfied. I wondered what did happen there?
We often talked about what is going on in Natasha’s head. I really think that Natasha is haunted by the fact that she has this past that she feels so guilty about. Unfinished business is that sense of guilt that follows her around, which all stems from what happened in Budapest.
Black Widow is not about what happened in Budapest, but it’s a huge jumping-off point for us to understand the heaviness of Natasha’s burden.
The movie was due to release in May of this year but due to the Coronavirus pandemic has been delayed until May 2021. It is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and will see Romanoff on the run while being forced to confront her past.
The movie will introduce several new characters alongside Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow including Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.