Contessa puts Yelena on a warpath in the post-credits scene, one that leads directly to Clint Barton in “Hawkeye.” An epic showdown between the two sounds – yes – epic, but Yelena seems more like an anti-heroine than a straight villain. Grief will motivate her to remove Clint. However, a friend of Natasha could show up to help correct Yelena: Bruce Banner, Clint himself or even Sam Wilson, experienced counselor?
Whether she’s fighting with or against the Avengers, Yelena’s future in the MCU looks like a “Widow” light. Her character brings a snarkiness that matches Marvel’s signature humor (ie, mocks Natasha’s iconic fighting set), as well as a youthful vulnerability that can be explored as she grows and matures through future MCU installments.
Natasha Romanoff sacrifices her life for Soul Stone in “Avengers: Endgame,” but her legacy lives on. “Black Widow” apparently creates Yelena to eventually take her sister’s place. The story could repeat itself: Clint could convince her to join the Avengers in “Hawkeye,” just as he convinced Natasha to leave to SHIELD. Or maybe another widow is taking her place now that Dreykov and the red room are gone for good.