Nick Fury shows unapologetic Quantum Wave with Rachel Weisz!

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“You also see the generational difference, too, in how they react to things, and what they’re careful about, or what they’re careless about,” she continues. “It’s so fresh, what she does. It’s very representative, also, of who she is as a person. She’s unapologetic, and confident in herself, and curious, and brave, and emotionally brave – far more than I ever was. And that stuff all comes through. It’s wonderful to feel like you’re witnessing something great happening.”

Pugh herself is a little less forthcoming about her future as Black Widow. “If you get asked to be in a Marvel film, and it was so thrilling and fun and exciting to be in, then of course, your head goes: ‘Oh my God. If this is what it’s like, then what else is next?” she says. “If that happens and I am lucky enough that people appreciate my character, that’s an exciting road to go on. I would be silly to not be excited by it. I think that being part of the Marvel club is a great honour. But we’ll just see if people like Yelena first.”

But if it truly is the Super Adaptoid behind Taskmaster’s mask, copying heroes’ equipment could involve a process more convenient than merely bringing their gear into battle. We might assume that Black Widow’s Taskmaster just carries around Hawkeye’s bow and arrows or houses Black Panther’s claws in his gauntlets, but if he were actually anything like the Adaptoid from the comics he would be able to call on and recreate such equipment at the drop of a hat. You can almost imagine the reveal now, in which Adaptoid’s gadgets turn out to be inherent to his structure rather than gear he carries around.

There’s certainly some precedent in the MCU for such a reveal. AIM has been name-dropped left and right in the MCU for years, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Iron Man 3 featuring it prominently. Since the organization’s goals primarily revolve around adapting the human race for a new age of superpowers, if the Super Adaptoid were to appear in Black Widow, it could be the culmination of those ambitions. The Cosmic Cube could even be an attempt to recreate the Tesseract that fueled the Red Skull’s designs in World War II.

And it’s not like the MCU hasn’t combined villains or used surprise twists before. Iron Man 3 played fast and loose with the identity of the Mandarin in order to defy audience expectations, and it would be no different if the same was done with Taskmaster. Plus, the Super Adaptoid would prove to be a threat greater than any human could handle, so if he’s introduced in Black Widow, the MCU could well be setting up a major villain for the franchise’s next big team up.

Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason and Rachel Weisz. The film currently has no release date.