In the MCU, a mission took place in Budapest in which Clint Barton (Hawkeye) was sent to take out Natasha Romanoff. I believe it was also the mission in which Natasha was sent to kill Dreykov and his daughter. However, I've never seen a date or even a year for when the mission took place. When did the Budapest mission take place? I know:

  • It must have been before the events of Iron Man 2 (2009), because it is Natasha's first appearance in the MCU and she works for S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • It was likely in the early 2000s, due to the early events of Black Widow taking place in 1995 and Natasha being 11 at the time.
  • Natasha was grown up at the time of the mission.

To be clear, I am not looking for the events of Budapest, but the date it occurred.

  • Is that a duplicate? I don’t see anything in the answers that determines when it happened. Dec 24, 2021 at 23:27
  • @PaulD.Waite seems to me when/if that information comes available it would be an edit or new answer on that question.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Dec 24, 2021 at 23:43

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According to a deleted scene in the film Black Widow, Natasha was in the city "eight years ago". Since we know that the events of the main film take place in 2016 (e.g. between Civil War and Infinity War), this means that the Budapest Mission must have taken place in 2008.

Yelena: And you drove us into a cage

BW: This gate wasn't here eight years ago


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