A new, deleted scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been released — and it might just set up the Black Widow spinoff that we so desperately want to see.
The clip seems to be an extended cut of a scene that appears late in the film, with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) preparing to dump all the S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA secrets online for the whole world to see. That data will include details of Natasha Romanoff’s mysterious past, and this unused cut reveals more of what that might entail.
As /Film notes, Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) tries to stop Romanoff by reminding her, "None of your past is going to remain hidden. Budapest, Osaka ... not the Children’s ward ..." as that last bit gives Natasha pause. “Are you sure you’re ready for the world to see you as you really are?”
Check out the clip below:
As comic fans and keen-eyed viewers might notice, the axed dialogue present here hints at some major components of Romanoff’s past. It stands to reason the "children’s ward" nod could be referencing the Soviet/KGB Red room program, which Romanov was a part of in the comic canon.
As for Budapest? That one has been kicking around since The Avengers, when Black Widow says to Hawkeye, “It’s like Budapest all over again,” to which Hawkeye responds, “You and I remember Budapest very differently.” A whole subset of wacky fandom has been spitballing ideas for a Budapest movie for years now, and again, it could be laying a tantalizing piece of groundwork for a previous mission to explore in a future film/flashback/etc.
Throughout all her various appearances, Marvel has been adding and peeling layers to the ass-kicking onion that is Black Widow. As the studio continues to kick the can about a female-led film, the surprise success of Lucy has shown Johansson can lead a blockbuster — so let's just make it happen.
This deleted scene will be included on the Blu-ray release of Winter Soldier, which hits shelves Sept. 9.