Black Widow Explains How Inhumans Could Already Exist On The MCU's Earth – Screen Rant

Black Widow provides an explanation for how Inhumans could already be on Earth in the MCU despite them not being referenced before Phase 4.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe explains how Inhumans could already be on Earth thanks to Black Widow. As the first movie in Phase 4, Black Widow‘s importance to the MCU’s future was questioned due to its setting and Natasha Romanoff’s fate in Avengers: Endgame. The Scarlett Johansson-led film takes place during Captain America: Civil War‘s ending, seven years before she’d sacrifice herself on Vormir. However, the movie still introduced many characters and storylines that could play important roles in Phase 4 and beyond.
Phase 4 is rapidly expanding the MCU after Avengers: Endgame in terms of new characters and the amount of content coming from Marvel Studios. Movies like Eternals and Shang-Chi introduce new corners of the shared universe, while Disney+ became the home for official MCU shows centered on established characters and some new heroes. With Marvel still figuring out how to bring the Fantastic Four and X-Men to the universe, too, every upcoming MCU movie and TV show will in some way play a role in teasing what else is still to come. It is even possible that Black Widow provided an explanation for how Inhumans could be on Earth already.
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The Inhumans aren’t usually connected to Black Widow in the comics, but Black Widow might still explain a key piece of their mythology. Inhumans are a group of Kree-created superhumans who originally live on the moon before bringing their city of Attilan to Earth as a giant floating city. It might seem as though it would be quite easy for someone to spot or find Attilan, but Black Widow provided an explanation for why that might not the case. The movie revealed Dreykov’s Red Room was an aerial base that constantly moved. When they questioned how no one managed to find it, the film explained that no one looked to the sky to find it. It’s thin logic overall, but the same mindset could allow the MCU to reveal the Inhumans also have a floating city somewhere on Earth that no one has discovered.
While Marvel Studios scrapped plans for an Inhumans movie, which resulted in the much-maligned ABC TV show, the superhumans could be an important part of Phase 4. Kamala Khan is poised to make her debut in Ms. Marvel on Disney+ and then return in The Marvels. Kamala is an Inhuman in the comics, and while there are rumors the MCU could do away with this part of her story, that is unconfirmed. If Ms. Marvel does bring the Inhumans to the MCU, it won’t be long before the Inhuman mythology and the Royal Family are explained. Black Widow‘s explanation for the Red Room secretly flying around could pave the way for Attilan to receive a similar reveal and allow Inhumans to already be on Earth. Furthermore, the Inhumans’ advanced technology could make such an explanation easier to accept, as they could have a way to actually conceal it from humans.
The possibility of the Inhumans joining Phase 4 could also work in conjunction with Eternals. The movie will reveal that the Eternals have been on Earth for 7,000 years but aren’t known because they can only interfere in Deviant-related events. Revealing that the Inhumans have also secretly been on Earth for a period of time might be redundant, but they could be much more recent arrivals. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier might have even teased the Inhumans’ moon base. The comics also had Attilan destroyed by Thanos during an invasion, which allowed New Attilan to be created. Perhaps the MCU will go that route and use Black Widow‘s Red Room explanation as the baseline for why they weren’t discovered before.
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Cooper Hood is a news and feature writer for Screen Rant. He joined Screen Rant in late 2016 following a year-long stint with MCU Exchange, which came after first developing an MCU blog of his own. He graduated college in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Media & Public Communication, with a minor in Media Production. Cooper’s love for movies began by watching Toy Story and Lion King on repeat as a child, but it wasn’t until The Avengers that he took an invested interest in movies and the filmmaking process, leading him to discover the world of film journalism. Every year Cooper looks forward to seeing the latest blockbusters from the likes of Marvel, DC, and Star Wars, but also loves the rush to catch up on Oscar films near the end of the year. When he isn’t writing about or watching new releases, Cooper is a fantasy football obsessive and looking to expand his Blu-Ray collection – because physical media is still king! Follow Cooper on Twitter @MovieCooper.


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