Marvel’s not adverse to exploring past eras in the MCU, as we’ve seen with the pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. era in Agent Carter, the 80s in Ant Man, and soon the 90s in Captain Marvel. But now we may see the early 2000s if this rumor about Black Widow pans out.
According to The Hashtag Show, the upcoming Black Widow movie is going to be a prequel set before Nat’s first appearance in Iron Man 2:
The film will find Natasha living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union! That timeline places the film firmly in the mid-2000s, meaning we’ll meet up with Nat prior to the events of Iron Man 2. That time frame opens up plenty of options, and while many fans seem to want a Black Widow/Hawkeye team up in Budapest, we’ve been told that early discussions about the film involved Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier.
We’ve previously heard that Black Widow is likely arriving in 2020, and would fit in well with the July 2020 release date Marvel Studios has already staked out. Kevin Feige has said they’re currently focused on the five movies they have in various stages of production right now, ending with Spider-Man. Once those are further along we’re likely to hear more about the 2020 movies such as Guardians 3 and Black Widow.