Entertainment

How the 'Black Widow' Post-Credits Scene Sets Up the Next Big Marvel TV Show

'Black Widow' clears the road for the upcoming 'Hawkeye' series.

Disney
Disney
Disney

Say you’re a casual Marvel fan who casually tapped out after the lackluster first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but ventured to the theater for Black Widow and dutifully sat through for the post-credits sequence. Then you might be a little confused when none other than Seinfeld and Veep star Julia Louis Dreyfus pops up on screen, and it isn’t a goof.

The Emmy winner many times over and television comedy veteran appears in the scene as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, the role she first played in Falcon. Except, her Black Widow cameo was supposed to be her debut, only the movie was delayed when theaters shut down for COVID. Regardless of the timing, it’s the first sign of how the Marvel movie and TV products are now fully integrated.

While most of the action in Black Widow takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the post-credits scene jumps ahead to what is essentially the present in the MCU timeline. Natasha is now dead, having sacrificed herself in Endgame, and Florence Pugh’s Yelena, her adopted sister, visits her grave with her dog. Suddenly, Contessa appears, sneezing, and claiming she’s “allergic to the Midwest.” Contessa has a mission for Yelena. Does Yelena want to kill the man responsible for Natasha’s death? If yes, then she has her next target. The camera pans to a photo of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, a.k.a. Clint Barton.

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Gotham/Getty Images
Gotham/Getty Images

Dedicated Marvel fans know that Natasha chose to fall to her death in order so the Avengers could obtain possession of the Soul Stone and stop Thanos, and she did so over the objections of her old pal Clint. But Yelena doesn’t know that, and will likely take Contessa up on the offer. 

Black Widow marks the first time in the MCU that the post-credits clip sets up not another movie, but a television series. It’s already been announced that Pugh is appearing in Hawkeye, the Disney+ project premiering in late 2021 that will feature Renner and introduce the successor to the Hawkeye name: Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop. A show that pairs Pugh and Steinfeld, two of the most impressive actresses of their generation, sounds pretty appealing, even if it potentially pits them against each other. 

As a study of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow doesn’t accomplish much, but as an introduction to Pugh’s Yelena, it’s pretty darn exciting. Pugh immediately has a handle on her character. She’s goofy with a cynical edge, loyal and scrappy. Hawkeye has the potential to flatten her out into a routine villain-or it could capitalize on Pugh’s innate star power. 

Now there’s just the matter of what the MCU’s plan is for Dreyfus. When Thrillist spoke to Falcon showrunner Malcolm Spellman, he explained that he had originally written the character as a generic CIA type before the studio suggested he use Contessa, evidently seeing a way to thread plot through the various different superhero stories in the works. In Falcon, Contessa recruits and rehabilitates Wyatt Russell’s John Walker after he kills a man in cold blood, turning him into a US Agent. Now she has set her sights on Yelena.

The reigning theory is that she’s assembling the Thunderbolts, a team of villains-slash-antiheroes known from the comics. Until her intentions become clear, we’ll have to just assume she’s Phase 4’s very suspect Nick Fury, who we don’t trust one bit.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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