Black Widow looks set to play a major role in Avengers: Endgame. Scarlett Johansson made her MCU debut in 2010's Iron Man 2, and became one of the original Avengers. Although Black Widow lacks super-powers, she's proved to be a major asset to the team, and she's played a major secondary role in several Marvel movies.
Avengers: Endgame is expected to be the swan song for most of the OG Avengers, but Johansson is sticking around. Marvel's finally pushing ahead with a Black Widow movie, with filming reportedly due to begin in June. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean Black Widow will survive her next encounter with Thanos; Marvel increasingly seem to like jumping around the timeline, meaning the film could potentially be a prequel exploring her origin story.
Marvel's currently keeping the plot of Avengers: Endgame a closely guarded secret, with Kevin Feige even suggesting that trailers and TV spots will only show clips from the first 15-20 minutes. For all that's the case, though, it's gradually becoming clear that Black Widow will be one of the most important characters.
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Black Widow Will Help Lead The Avengers In Endgame
The aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War has shaken the Avengers to their core. They failed to defeat Thanos, and the Mad Titan succeeded in his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers, an event that the MCU refers to as the Decimation. The OG Avengers could only watch in horror as some of their dearest friends crumbled to dust before their eyes. Each of the Avengers looks set to respond to this apocalypse in a different way; for Black Widow, it seems she's become more driven than ever before. One intense trailer shot shows her in a training montage, honing her skills for the challenge ahead. "When we find her, she’s f****** pissed off," Johansson told Empire. "The one thing we know about Natasha is that she’s going to hunker down and she’s going to get those motherf******. That’s her MO."
Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely suggested that Steve Rogers and Black Widow will both have big roles in Avengers: Endgame, and that's been reaffirmed by the trailers, which suggest Black Widow has actually taken charge of the Avengers. Whatever the Avengers' mysterious plan may be to put matters right - it's generally believed to involve an element of time travel to undo Thanos' snap - Black Widow is the true believer in it. She's the one running the briefings, she's the one who seems to bring the team back together, and she's the one who encourages Steve Rogers by assuring that their plan will work. That may well explain why Marvel has chosen to green-light a Black Widow movie as part of MCU Phase 4.
Black Widow Must Find Hawkeye In Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame will include a significant focus on the relationship between Black Widow and Hawkeye. The trailers have shown Natasha tracking her old friend to Tokyo, where she discovers that he's been radically changed by the Decimation. Hawkeye has adopted a new identity as Ronin, one that he took on in the comics when he was going through some of the darkest times in his life; it's generally assumed that, in the MCU, this means he lost his wife and children in the Decimation. No doubt that will break Natasha's heart; she's a close friend of Clint Barton and his family, to the extent that his son Nathaniel was named after her.
There's been intense speculation about how the reunion between Black Widow and Clint Barton will go. Some fans had believed Clint would blame the Avengers, but there's been no suggestion of that in the trailers. Instead, it looks as though Clint and Natasha bond in their heartache and pain, and Black Widow swiftly talks Hawkeye into returning with her to the Avengers Compound and joining the mission against Thanos.