One of the ways Marvel Studios has been able to continue to build excitement over its future projects and interconnect all of its films/shows into one “Cinematic Universe”, is often through the post-credits scene, which keeps Marvel fans glued to their seats, until the very end of the credits.

At the end of “Black Widow”, there was a post-credit scene featuring Yelena (Florence Pugh), which put her on the trail of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye, by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but we didn’t know why.

In the latest episode of “Hawkeye”, Yelena appeared in the final scene of the episode, having tracked down Clint Barton to a rooftop and in the upcoming teaser trailer for the last two episodes, we see that she will be appearing in even more scenes in the series.

While you would assume everyone involved in writing “Hawkeye” would have been aware of the scene in “Black Widow” and built the series with that in mind, it wasn’t always the case.


During a recent interview with the show’s head writer Jonathan Igla, revealed to THR:

“There was a length of time where I wasn’t supposed to share it with the rest of the writing staff. There were a handful of things like that, which was challenging.  I did my best. I like to think that I’m an honest broker and if somebody tells me not to share something, even if I think, ‘Well the writing staff really needs to know this,’ then I’m just going to trust their process …. I kept it under my hat for awhile.” “

Ironically, the writer of “Black Widow” didn’t know what was going to be happening in the “Hawkeye” series, during an interview with  Eric Pearson in July, he told THR:

“I remember writing it and feeling super guilty. ‘I hope whatever writer is working on this next chapter is going to be OK with what I’ve done to them.”

Jonathan added how that scene helped with the “Hawkeye” series.

“I had made the case to Kevin and Lou [D’Esposito] and Victoria [Alonso] that Yelena had a place in our story and this was the right place for her next chapter. So I think the scene was created to support that. Obviously, the rest of the writing staff knew we were building pitches around her as soon as I got the thumbs up.”

Marvel is super secretive about its films and series, sometimes using fake scripts and even sometimes film extra scenes to throw people off. This is all done to reduce leaks and information getting out to Marvel fans.

Originally, “Black Widow” was supposed to release in cinemas in May 2020, but was delayed multiple times, so the time between us seeing Yelena introduced and her appearance in “Hawkeye” has drastically shorter.

What do you think of Marvel’s secrecy?


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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