With post-credit scenes, Marvel Studios is practically synonymous, so even the Black Window MCU 1st film in almost two years continues that tradition. Going back to 2008’s Iron Man, the post- and mid-credit tags have been used to set the has been to set the table for the next film in the Marvel Machine. But something different is done by Black Window, using its post-credit tag to tease an upcoming Disney Plus show, not a future film.
The rest of Black Window is set as a prequel of sorts, between Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War, but in this, the post-credit scene jumps to after Avengers: Endgame. Yelena can be seen visiting Natasha’s gravesite and pays respect to her sister. She then gets revenge on the man who killed Natasha, recruited by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
The upcoming Hawyeke show Black Window credit scene lays the groundwork set to debut on Disney Plus later this year. This will see Pugh playing the same old role Yelena and presumably, face down Clint over Natasha’s death when she does show up.
The scene also reveals the current Marvel strategy. Val was 1st seen in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney Plus. She was the last scene to her service recruiting the disgraced Captain America knock-off U.S. Agent. For years, post-credit scenes have been used as integral advertisements for future films in the franchise. The main characters like Thanos and Nick Fury first made their appearances in the credit tags. They are integral to the Marvel experience that it was notable when the studio skipped one following Endgame. The studio uses the space to make sure that the audience is tuned into Hawkeye when it debuts later this year.
The Black Widow credits tag is a huge vote of confidence in Disney Plus shows as an important part of Marvel’s future. It also speaks to how important getting and keeping Disney Plus subscribers is to Disney and how integral Marvel’s content machine is to build out the streaming service.