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MCU Phase 4: What Black Widow's Fate In Endgame Really Means

Black Widow's arc in Avengers: Endgame has serious implications on her future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and here's what it could mean. Scarlett Johansson made her MCU debut as Natasha Romanoff in 2010's Iron Man 2, where she was introduced as an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent spying on Tony Stark for Nick Fury. She went on to not only help defeat Whiplash, but also become one of the original members of the Avengers.

As an Avenger, Black Widow helped save the world (and universe) on several occasions, and it was in Avengers: Endgame where she had to pay the ultimate price to do just that. When she and Hawkeye went to Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone, they learned that one of them would have to sacrifice their life to do so. After a quick fight, Black Widow was ultimately the one who died, and even though Captain America returned the Soul Stone later, this exchange is said to be irreversible. However, this won't be the end of Black Widow's MCU story.

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It has been well documented that Johansson will soon star in the long-awaited Black Widow solo movie, but her fate in Avengers: Endgame limits what this story could be. In Screen Rant's latest video, we discuss how her death guarantees that her solo film will be a prequel in some regard, and take a look at the comics and MCU to see what Black Widow could ultimately be about. Check out the video at the top of this post.

Avengers Endgame Trailer - Black Widow With Ronin

With Black Widow definitely a prequel now, the question becomes when exactly it will take place. There have been previous rumors that it would go back to her days leading up to her recruitment to S.H.I.E.L.D., but that has yet to be confirmed. Black Widow also has years of unseen adventures in the MCU, giving Marvel Studios the option to show what the super spy was up to when she went off on her own after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when she was a Secret Avenger after Captain America: Civil War, or even when she was leading what was left of the team during the five-year gap featured in Avengers: Endgame.

Depending on when Black Widow takes place, a brand new aspect of Natasha's life can be explored. Fans have been eager to see whatever happened in Budapest with her and Hawkeye or even how the two actually met, so both of those stories could be told if the film is a true origin movie. Meanwhile, Avengers: Endgame revealed the identity of her father, which she previously did not know, so that could be a seed planted for the solo film to explore in some way. So, even though Avengers: Endgame featured the death of Black Widow, there are still many other stories that could be told with her in the MCU's future by going back to the past.

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