In this week’s episode of Hawkeye on Disney+, titled “Ronin,” finally addressed the lasting ramifications of Natasha Romanoff’s sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. The emotional penultimate episode picks up following the events of Black Widow, set in 2018, as Yelena (Florence Pugh) is executing her worldwide mission of freeing the other brainwashed black widow assassins. During the first few minutes of the episode, we witness Yelena being dusted after Thanos’ snap and reconstituting in the exact same spot, with her first heartbreaking instinct to let her sister know that she is okay.
As if this isn’t enough of a gut-punch, we also get up close and personal with just how angry and vengeful Yelena is towards Clint and how determined she is to kill him. While sitting across a table from Kate (Hailee Steinfeld), Yelena is equally charming and deadly, proclaiming that her sister is the one who saved the world, not Clint. Yelena also isn’t backing down on blaming Clint for Natasha’s death anytime soon. This should make for a lively showdown during next week’s finale. Also, more screen time for our queens Yelena and Kate soon, mkay?
We also see Clint (Jeremy Renner) visit an Avengers monument in NYC to pay his respects to Natasha. He carries on a conversation with her about how much she is missed, while trying to talk out his current predicament.
This may seem like a lot for one episode, but it is a long time coming. The emotional ramifications of Natasha’s death were largely glossed over in the main MCU, even though we all knew that the characters who would carry that baggage around the most would be Yelena and then Clint. Is it too little too late? Maybe. But it’s certainly better than what we had been given up until this point.