After much speculation that Robert Redford's character in the upcoming Captain America sequel (described as a Senior Leader within Shield) will be a double agent working for H.Y.D.R.A, I began thinking if the same notion will apply to Natasha Romanoff (A.K.A Black Widow). While this is purely speculation, it is not out of the question.
It is evident from the trailer and other promotional materials that The Winter Soldier, will prominently feature Black Widow (even hinting towards a possible romance between the character and Steve Rogers). While this could be to build the character in lieu of having Black Widow headline her own movie, they could also be developing the character for a future role as a villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, T.V. Shows and games (Marvel Ultimate Alliance) Natasha has been depicted as a traitor, working for H.Y.D.R.A or the Soviet Union. While Black Widow is currently one of the staple heroes of the Avengers (and the only female Avenger to grace the big screen), with news the Baron von Strucker (a genetically enhanced soldier and Nazi leader of the villainous group H.Y.D.R.A.) has been cast in Avengers: Age of Ulton, we are left to assume that H.Y.D.R.A will play a role, to some extent in the next movie. Likewise, Elizabeth Olsen has been cast as Scarlet Witch, and therefore Black Widow would no longer be the only female Avenger, meaning Joss Whedon could take "more liberties" with her character in the Avengers sequel. It would make sense to give Black Widow a strong role in the upcoming Superhero Sequel, if ultimately she betrays Captain America, revealing herself to be acquitted with his arch nemesis. In some mediums Natasha has been portrayed a "double, double agent" (I know this is getting a little out of hand), pretending to betray Shield while secretly spying on H.Y.D.R.A for Nick Fury. This would work well in Avengers as if Black Widow later joins the team (after betraying Captain America) it would create a sense of uneasiness and tension within the group.
Given Black Widow and the Winter Soldier share ties to the Soviet Union, (and have at times been in a relationship) it is plausible that we will see Black Widow's past (and if she is indeed a traitor, possible future?!?!) as a Russian Spy. In the new trailer (embedded below) at 1:45 Captain America says (presumably to Nick Fury), " You told me not to trust anyone," panning to a shot of Black Widow. Which begs the question, can she be trusted?
Scarlett Johansson also spoke about the script for Age of Ultron, stating;
“I think the script is dark and it’s dry, it’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor. Obviously the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next installment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”
Could she be referring to Black Widow being revealed as a traitor when saying "it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward."? Could her character essentially betraying the Avengers contribute to the "dark" tone of the second movie? Joss Whedon has also said that “Natasha is a huge part of the sequel," but maybe her significance is because she will play a distinctly different role from what many expect her to.
Being described as a "Political Thriller" one can only speculate that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will feature espionage, and betrayal. What are your thoughts on Black Widow in the Captain America sequel? Will she betray Cap? [only to betray H.Y.D.R.A and make amends with the Avengers in Age of Ultron?] Will she be exposed as a Soviet Spy? Or will she be a heroine throughout the entire movie? Let me know what you think in the comments.