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The Timeline Mistake You Missed In Black Widow

The 2021 Marvel Studios film "Black Widow" begins with a shot of the sunlight streaming through the trees, and then a young Natasha Romanoff (Ever Anderson), blue hair blowing in the wind, rides through the streets on her bicycle. It's Ohio in 1995, which we know from the captions across the screen. Kids are playing in yards, swinging on a tire swing. When Natasha gets home, she joins her sister, Yelena (Violet McGraw), in the backyard, competing to see who can do bridges the longest without falling down.

After their father, Alexei (David Harbour) comes home and tells the girls and their mother, Melina (Rachel Weisz) that they are "going on a big adventure," the family heads to a barn where they've hidden a small plane. After a chaotic departure, the family lands in Cuba to meet up with General Dreykov (Ray Winstone), the head of the Red Room. What even eagle-eyed fans might not have realized, though, is this scene contains a small error that makes it impossible (technically speaking) for this scene to have taken place in the '90s.

Yelena's My Little Pony Doll hadn't been created yet

In the scene, while a young Natasha fights with the officers trying to grab her and Yelena, you see a doll dangling in Yelena's arms. It's a familiar toy, a My Little Pony doll. But one very observant Redditor u/chesterforbes noticed, with the help of her daughter, that Yelena's My Little Pony doll shouldn't have been in a scene for 1995.

Since My Little Pony debuted, each time the dolls changed or were updated, they were listed as a new generation. Dolls released between 1982 and 1992 were Generation 1, or G1. The last was G4, for the dolls and ponies between 2010 and 2021 (via My Little Wiki). Also known as the "Friendship is Magic" ponies, after the long-running series. The show was so popular, it ran from 2010 until 2019.

While rewatching "Black Widow," the 7-year-old daughter of Redditor u/chesterforbes noticed that the My Little Pony doll young Yelena is holding wouldn't have existed in 1995. Another Redditor, u/TheDeadlyCat, points out that "MLP [My Little Pony] in general existed in the nineties." While this is true, the dolls in each Generation were very distinct, and the Twilight doll Yelena was holding was the distinct pink and purple mane and bright pink coat coloring of the G4 versus the white with a purple streak mane and light pink coloring of the G1. It's such a minor thing that most people would overlook, but it is something that once you notice it, you can't forget about it.