Black Widow is certainly dead after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Scarlett Johansson says. The first female Avenger debuted nine years ago in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 and has appeared in other ensemble films, as well as her fellow heroes' solo outings. But she has never headlined her own adventure, until now. The Black Widow standalone is directed by Cate Shortland and will introduce several key players in Natasha Romanoff's life that have yet to make their big screen debuts, such as David Harbour's Alexei Shostakov aka Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz's Melina and O-T Fagbenle as Mason.
The much-anticipated film, which takes MCU's prime May release slot, will take fans back to the two years between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, allowing the movie's narrative without creating a plot hole considering Natasha's emotional death in Endgame. Despite this, many are still speculating that the standalone movie will eventually reveal the hero's not really gone, which Johansson effectively debunks.
While doing the promotional rounds for Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, Johansson made a pit stop at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she expressed her excitement over Black Widow. She teased that it brought her closure following the character's death in Endgame, and added that while some people may still theorize Natasha is still alive somewhere, she's certain that she's really dead.
Honestly, it brought a closure to me that I needed, cause I was kind of wiped out after that last one [Avengers: Endgame] emotionally and literally... There are very few certain things but definitely, death is pretty certain. But, people definitely don't believe it and have tried to convince me that my character did not actually die. That may be, my character existed in an alternate universe. But no, death is a pretty final thing."
Johansson is referring to a few theories suggesting Widow didn't really die when she sacrificed herself on Vormir in exchange for the Soul Stone. This was actually discussed briefly in Endgame following her death when it was discussed if there was any chance they could revive her considering they had the Infinity Stones and a way to travel back in time. However, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) insisted there was no way to bring her back as per Red Skull (Ross Marquand). It was the same discussion fans had following Infinity War when it was Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who was sacrificed for the same purpose. While she eventually returned, it's a different version of the character who's now existing in the MCU, and chances are this will play a big role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Whether or not Black Widow is truly dead, the fact of the matter is Marvel Studios can bring her back into the MCU if they want to. There's a number of ways they can resurrect a character, or even just use her in a creative way in future films, but that's something that they should be careful about. After Black Widow, it's best if they hold off using their deceased/retired heroes and focus on the active ones in the universe. Otherwise, it'll cheapen Avengers: Endgame's narrative.
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Black Panther 2 (2022) release date: May 06, 2022
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021) release date: Jul 16, 2021