What does 'Black Widow' have in common with 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'?
To answer the question in one word, both the films are spy-thrillers. 'Black Widow' is the second spy movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has connections to each other in more ways than one. For starters, much of what we know about Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff is from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
The movie shows that side of the character bent on doing the right thing irrespective of the consequences. It also shows that Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) was more than just an able ally to her in the film. In fact, it was Rogers' leadership and approach to situations that changed Romanoff into the person she eventually went on to become. While 'The Winter Soldier's bigger picture was starkly different, there was still enough emphasis on Romanoff's character development.
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Romanoff was a spy, a damn slick one at that. Rogers was fast becoming wary of Nick Fury's (Samuel L Jackson) compartmentalizing methods. The tide eventually turns with Romanoff agreeing to Rogers' style of working and that shows how she went from being a lone ranger to an absolute team person. So much so that she embraced Cap's sacrificial trait in 'Avengers: Endgame'. It would be a fair assumption to make when we say Romanoff's character just went from strength to strength after her key role in 'The Winter Soldier.'
Coming back to the point of both movies being spy thrillers, the second promises more action, some new appearances and a fitting tribute to the fallen Avenger. There was enough uproar on social media about the mediocre send-off she received in 'Endgame' and hopefully, 'Black Widow' amends that.
The official synopsis of 'Black Widow' reads: "Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger."
'Black Widow’ releases Friday, July 9 on Disney+ Premier Access.