monathecoffeewhore asked: Hello, I just had a quick question regarding what was said in the deleted clip from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' (deleted scene 4, part 1) where Alexander Pierce references "the children's ward" which makes Natasha pause. I remember hearing something about it before, but I don't quite remember what this could be a reference to as I'm fairly new to Black Widow. Would you be willing to provide more detail if possible? Thanks very much and I love your blog! :)
Thanks for the nice comments :) The “children’s ward” could be a callback to the hospital fire Loki mentions in the Avengers:
Can you? Can you wipe out that much red? Drakov’s daughter? Sao Paulo? The hospital fire? Barton told me everything.
But all these hints of Natasha’s past are hints, not secret handshake references for fans in the know. There’s not a comic book adventure that takes place in a children’s ward. (Which, I know, sometimes there are secret handshake references, so it’s not a hard thing to wonder!) When we do learn the lines of Natasha’s MCU origin story, I don’t think it will connect every dot, or Nancy Drew every mystery. The audience is asked to believe in who she is now, and who she is trying to become, without knowing the the whole weight of who she used to be. We are asked to trust her as she learns what trust costs.