Variety confirmed back in December 2020 that Florence Pugh is set to reprise her “Black Widow” role in the upcoming “Hawkeye” TV show, starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and MCU newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Clint’s protégé. Based on what Val says to Yelena in the post-credits sequence of “Black Widow,” it seems likely that she won’t be showing up to help our heroes.
After Yelena chides Val for interrupting her during her vacation, Val gets straight to the point. “Maybe you’d like a shot at the man responsible for your sister’s death,” the Contessa says, before handing Yelena a tablet showing a photo of Clint Barton. “Kind of a cutie, don’t you think?” It’s a stretch to call Clint “responsible” for Natasha’s death — despite the fact that they were both on Vormir and in having Nat sacrifice herself, Clint got to live — but the triple agent Madame Hydra isn’t known for being a straight-shooter.
We can infer from this interaction that Yelena has come to work for the Contessa, much like John Walker did at the end of “The Falcon and the Winter Solder.” It seems Val is amassing a team of killers much like General Dreykov’s (Ray Winstone) Black Widows. A new power player is already taking his place in the MCU espionage world, and she might even have something to do with the Secret Invasion.