“Black Widow” starts by introducing us to the surrogate family Natasha and Yelena have while pretending to be Americans as kids. Their father, Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour), is actually the Russian equivalent of Captain America, the Red Guardian. And their mother, Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), is a scientist who specializes in chemically-induced mind control. By the end of “Black Widow,” it’s clear that, while the family unit was meant to be an op and not real, all four fake members grew to become the real thing.
So, with Natasha Romanoff long dead and Yelena set to maybe join up with the Dark Avengers, what is to become of Melina and Alexei — will we ever see either of them again?
“It is always the intention that when characters come in, and great, great actors come in to the universe, if we have a great time with them, the audience did, that you always want to see them again,” Kevin Feige revealed during an interview with the D23 Inside Disney Podcast. “I think it’s a safe bet that we definitely want that to happen.”
It’s not surprising to hear Feige say this, given how careful the MCU is set up both in terms of its stories and its casting. Both Harbour and Weisz have their own enormously popular franchises (“Stranger Things” and “The Mummy” respectively), making them highly sought-after talents. To bring them into the MCU makes sense, to take them out after only one outing would be madness, but at least now we know for sure. Melina and Alexei will be back — it’s not a question of if, but of when.
“Black Widow” is in theaters and streaming on Disney+ Premium now.