Captain America: Civil War Almost Gave Us An Important Glimpse Into Black Widow’s Backstory

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is quickly become a bonafide behemoth, already spanning eight years and 13 films. With another nine movies still on the docket before Phase Three ends, we've still got a ton of new characters to become acquainted with before they team up to presumably save the galaxy from Thanos. And while we'll soon better know the likes of Captain Marvel, The Wasp, and Doctor Strange, not all of the original Avengers have been fully fleshed out yet. Perhaps the biggest victim of this is Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, who entered the MCU in Iron Man 2 _and still hasn't gotten a proper backstory. We've gotten glimpses into her past in _Age of Ultron, but a lack of a solo movie has made her much more underdeveloped than Iron Man of Captain America. Well, it turns out we were originally supposed to get more Black Widow history in Captain America: Civil War.

A novelization of Civil War has recently released, which featured dialogue and scenes which were presumably cut from the movie for time or simplicity. According to Movie Pilot, the scene would have given us another look into her childhood and training as an assassin. Here's the excerpt:

Natasha studied Cap's expression of resolve. Finally, she said, "In Russia, in the Red Room, there were dozens of us. All girls, all young. We lived together. They let us be friends. Then they dropped us in the tundra, two weeks' walk from home, with just enough supplies for one of us to survive."Cap looked at her, understanding her meaning."Don't let them push us into the cold," she said.

Holy crap. That is some dark shit, Natasha.

This scene is a pretty intense look into the life Natasha lead prior to joining S.H.I.E.L.D.. Natasha's past is full of darkness and murder, and it's clearly something that she struggles to deal with on a daily basis. Of course, her combined training with the Red Room and her superheroics have hardened the Avenger- making her cold and unwilling to open up to most people. This is probably the main reason we don't know much about Natasha: she's just not talking about it.

This novel scene makes it even more clear that we need a solo Black Widow movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She's one of the most complex and dynamic characters in the mythos, and I think that both audiences and Scarlett Johansson have earned a closer look into her psyche. And considering how bankable and famous Johansson is, something insane would have to happen for the movie not to be a financial success. With The Wasp and Captain Marvel opening the door for female led Marvel movies, it's about time that the OG female superhero what she deserves.

What did you think of the Black Widow scene? Should it have been included in Captain America: Civil War? Sound off in the comments below.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.