Warning - This article contains spoilers for Black Widow.
As the MCU dives deeper into its Phase 4 slate, Marvel Studios continues to introduce new, compelling characters to its already expansive roster from Agatha Harkness to John Walker's U.S. Agent to Mobius M. Mobius.
Marvel's first Phase 4 film — Black Widow — also did its fair share introducing new faces, particularly that of Natasha Romanoff's younger adoptive sister Yelena Belova. Masterfully portrayed by Florence Pugh, Yelena Belova was the break-out star who brought both vulnerability and wit to the role and leaving fans eager for more.
Thankfully, audiences will see her character again as the post-credits scene confirmed, and most likely in the upcoming Disney+ series Hawkeye as The Direct exclusively reported last year.
However, it's important to note that quite a bit of time has passed between Black Widow and the film's post-credits scene, and there's plenty for fans to learn about her and what she's experienced since.
WAS BLACK WIDOW'S YELENA BELOVA SNAPPED?
In a Twitter Black Widow watch party, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige not only shared behind-the-scenes stories on the making of the film, but also answered fan-submitted questions.
One of those questions was whether Florence Pugh's Yelena was dusted when Thanos snapped at the end of Avengers: Infinity War to which Kevin Feige responded saying, "You will find out, but not on this Twitter thread."
While many MCU fans loved the character of Yelena Belova, as well as her and Natasha's relationship, that post-credits scene was a little unsettling.
As fans observed in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, aka Val, is a complicated character who appears to be recruiting individuals with checkered pasts but impressive skill sets.
The most alarming part of their exchange is Val confirming Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye — Natasha's closest friend — as Yelena's next target and responsible for Natasha's death.
Again, a lot of time has passed between Black Widow and the film's post-credits scene. It's possible that Yelena's allegiances have a lot to do with either her having been dusted or having to struggle in the years following the Blip.
If Kevin Feige says fans will find out, Yelena's status in a post-Avengers: Infinity War world is surely a contributing factor as her character journeys on through the MCU's Phase 4.