In the history of MCU to date, excluding Avengers: Endgame, all we have come to associate Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as this badass super-spy that brings down the villains. But more often than not, the MCU films have hinted at a darker past that Natasha had, a past that both hardened her and taught her the value of real bonds. And finally, after a lot of insignificant leaks about Black Widow that sets out to explore her murky roots, we finally have loaded details about her weird spy family we saw in the trailers of the film.
In the trailers of Black Widow, we can see characters like Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour) who appears as a father/mentor figure, and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) coming together to form a mismatched family for Natasha. But the recently released book, Marvel’s Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book, including interviews by the cast and crew, takes a step further to explain her unique family’s dynamic.
Like, David Harbour (Stranger Things) in an interview reveals that he was the one who put Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff in the Red Room, how the group has been together in the past while pretending to be an American family for an undercover mission.
“Now, the connection to him and Black Widow is that they were set up as a spy family in America in the ’90s. So, Rachel Weisz’s character, Melina, was sort of the mom, Alexei was the dad, and Natasha and Yelena were their little kids. We see that in the beginning of the movie, and they sort of function as a family,” he explained.
“So they knew each other from long ago and then they lost touch for almost twenty years. And when we pick up, Alexei’s had this deep knowledge of Natasha in a certain way that no one else had when she was a kid. He took her from the Red Room and also put her back into the Red Room because he believed in this cause,” he further added.
Harbour’s interview in Marvel’s Black Widow also sets up the query for what could have happened that split the “family” for the past 20 years. Well, Scarlett Johansson’s interview in the book somewhat explains this bit as she shares that it is a betrayal that drives them apart.
“I think it’s important for us to understand in this film how this family has shaped the person that Natasha became. The years that she spent with this family were her formative years. I think the betrayal that she feels by this family is a big part of her emotional DNA and why she is so guarded. She’s been deeply hurt by the people who meant the most to her,” Scarlett Johansson explained, going into the depth of what makes Natasha Romanoff the hardened yet vulnerable Black Widow.