Most siblings bond in relatively tame ways: playing sports together, watching movies and TV shows, teaching one another a skill or introducing them to a cool hobby, and, of course, telling white lies to their parents in order to keep the other one out of trouble.
But for Natasha Romanoff and her “sister” Yelena Belova, when they spend time together, it’s anything but safe, calm, or ordinary. A brand-new clip from the upcoming “Black Widow” movie perfectly proves this.
Marvel Studios released the new look at “Black Widow” during the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards, which aired on Sunday, May 16. Entitled “You Got A Plan,” the 70-second clip shows Natasha driving a blue BMW through the streets as she and Yelena try to escape a woman on a motorcycle who’s shooting at them.
After the pursuant blasts bullets into the moving vehicle, a frustrated Yelena asks Natasha, “Okay, you got a plan, or should I just stay ‘duck and cover’?” Natasha answers that her plan was to simply drive them away, to which Yelena quips, “Well, your plan sucks.”
Thinking quickly, Yelena kicks open the passenger door, sending it flying off the car and hurtling toward the motorcyclist, who crashes onto the pavement. And just like that, the so-called sisters have bought themselves some time to get to safety — just like Natasha originally planned.
How Natasha and Yelena are different
In Marvel Entertainment’s tweet sharing this new “Black Widow” clip, the caption reads, “Just two sisters bonding during a high-speed chase.” As the footage demonstrates, bonding may be easier said than done for Natasha and Yelena.
They’re quite different from one another — despite being close, training as Black Widows in the Red Room, and sharing the same mother and father figures: Melina Vostokoff, another Black Widow, and Alexei Shostakov, aka Red Guardian.
During an interview, Scarlett Johansson said of Yelena, “She stands completely on her own. She’s strong and different. She’s so different to Natasha. … You also see the generational difference, too, in how they react to things, and what they’re careful about, or what they’re careless about. It’s so fresh, what [Yelena] does. It’s very representative, also, of who she is as a person.”
Johansson added that Yelena is “unapologetic, and confident in herself, and curious, and brave, and emotionally brave,” more than the actress feels Natasha Romanoff “ever was” up to that point.
Though “Black Widow” is set before the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” during which Natasha sacrificed herself amid the heroes’ time heist, the film will find Natasha passing the superhero baton on to Yelena.
As Cate Shortland, the film’s director, told Empire Online in July 2020, “We knew [Florence Pugh] would be great, but we didn’t know how great. Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ So it’s going to propel another female storyline.”
Before that new female storyline happens, fans can look forward to seeing “Black Widow” in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9.