Black Widow: How Old Are Natasha and Yelena in the Film?
Black Widow followed Natasha Romanoff’s life after the events of Captain America: Civil War. She was reunited with her family, namely the Red Guardian, Melina, and her sister Yelena. In the 1990s, a young Natasha and Yelena were placed in a deep-cover mission along with Alexei and Melina in Ohio. But when they grow up, the narrative follows the family taking down the Red Room. So, how old are Natasha and Yelena in Black widow? Let’s find out.
How Old Are Natasha and Yelena In Black Widow?
Black Widow’s introduction showed a young Natasha (Ever Anderson) in 1995 when she was 11 years old. Meanwhile, young Yelena (Violet McGraw) was shown to be 6 years old, so she was born in 1989. Fast forward to the older days, Yelena is 27 when she reunites with Natasha in 2016. However, Nat is shown to be 32 years old in Civil War and the movie follows right after that.
At the time Black Widow was filmed, Scarlet was 34 years old. So she plays a slightly younger version of herself. On the other hand, Pugh was 23 and Yelena is 27. So Yelena is always elder to Florence Pugh, especially in the post-credit scene of Black Widow. But things actually change when Natasha travels to Vormir with Hawkeye to get the Soul Stone. Practically, Romanoff was 39 when she died because Avengers: Endgame happened in 2023.
In the post-credit scene, Yelena is grieving the death of her sister when she’s visited by Valentina as well. So if the memorial is set in either late 2023 or 2024, then Yelena is either 34 or 35 in MCU Phase 4. But if she was turned to dust and be a victim of the Blip, then Yelena is actually about 29 or 30 since she would have been dead for 5 years. I’m considering the latter to be the case because that’s more fitting.
Florence Pugh is currently 25 years old. Even though her looks won’t change a whole lot in about a decade, she’s still way too young to play a 35-year-old. So it is safe to say that Yelena was also disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers. That’s probably why Natasha did not reunite with her during Endgame’s time jump. Regardless, Natasha died at the age of 39 which is far too young. But now, it’s time for Yelena to take over the mantle.
Yelena Belova will return in Hawkeye. Then she might star in the eventual Thunderbolts project, and maybe a Black Widow sequel.
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