One Black Widow actress recently discussed the likelihood of their reappearance in the MCU.
The upcoming Marvel Studios film Thunderbolts has currently been confirmed to feature Black Widow actors David Harbour and Florence Pugh.
The major anti-hero collaboration has been hinted to in the past as a spiritual successor to Scarlett Johansson’s last solo project. Andy Park, the director of visual development at Marvel Studios, once compared the endeavor to “a Black Widow sequel.”
The assertion makes sense given that Taskmaster, Red Guardian, and Yelena Belova—three of the new team’s key players—were initially featured in Black Widow.
Despite this, it’s possible that only one prominent star from the film will attend the gathering.
Rachel Weisz Talks About the Chances of a Return Before Thunderbolts
Melina from Black Widow, played by Rachel Weisz, was recently asked if she would be coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a new interview with Comicbook.com.
The actress stated that “no one’s mentioned [Melina] to me [her] for quite some time” and that she is unsure whether she would return to the MCU.
“I don’t. No one’s mentioned her to me for quite some time. I think she’s still living with her pigs that she experiments on. She loves her pigs, they’re buddies.”
It is known that Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has considered how Melina might come back in the future. Shortly after the July 2021 release of Black Widow, Feige hinted that Weisz’s new character would return and that the studio “definitely wants[s]” it to happen.
Will Weisz Skip Out on the MCU's Thunderbolts Movie?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a long list of unresolved issues that have accumulated over Phase 4; Rachel Weisz is one of them. There’s no telling when viewers will see Melina again, just like with Brett Goldstein’s Hercules or Kit Harington’s Black Knight.
Thunderbolts would have been a simple chance for just that, but the chances aren’t looking good if the actress hasn’t heard anything by this point.
But it’s important to note that actors’ claims like these aren’t usually the most reliable. Ask Lars Mikkelsen, who recently received the confirmation that he will play Grand Admiral Thrawn in Ahsoka after recently denying any involvement.
While Thunderbolts was once thought to be a spiritual successor to Black Widow, the current rumor is that the film is now undergoing revisions.
Recently, Marvel Studios engaged Lee Sung Jin to rewrite the Thunderbolts film, succeeding Eric Pearson, who wrote the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster starring Scarlett Johansson.
Whatever form the major event movie takes, one would assume that Melina would be brought up in conversation. After all, Yelena and Red Guardian shared Rachel Weisz’s character in Black Widow during their final moments.
The movie Thunderbolts premieres on July 26, 2024.