The finale of the Infinity Saga i.e. Avengers: Endgame turned out to be a very satisfying and fulfilling film for everyone that went to watch the film after having seen the rest of the 21 movies. Amongst 3 hours of total fan service, there were quite a lot of shocks and twists that people actually did not see coming. One of those shocks was the death of Black Widow.
Natasha’s story arc in the film was actually beautiful. Her death also perfectly set up the solo Black Widow movie but what we loved was how her whole arc turned out. Her origins are still unknown as all we know about it is that it’s shady. But beyond that we really got to see her develop as she became a part of the team. The group became her family and it actually made her a better person. That is why she was always ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. She was the main reason that the Avengers were actually able to beat Thanos.
Her death was permanent and even all the Infinity Stones together could not bring her back. Here’s what Director Joe Russo had to say about that attending a Chinese Q&A session:
“Can you get the soul you sacrificed for the Soul Stone back when you return it?
JR: No, the process is irreversible. Even if you have returned it to its original location, you wouldn’t be able to get the person back. In fact, it’s not really returning the stone, more like putting it back properly. The tribute soul for the Soul Stone will forever be sealed in that place, therefore Black Widow is gone forever.”
But interestingly, her story arc would have actually been much different initially. We saw Black Widow become the leader of the team that was left, but earlier the 5-year time jump would have developed her character as a teacher who dedicated her time to educating children. Director Joe & Anthony Russo explained on Slate’s The Gist podcast:
“Anthony Russo – One thing that we talked about a lot – and I thought was really profound, but it was almost too large of an idea for us to wrangle, but we did try for a while – the idea that one-quarter of all children have no parents.
Joe Russo – Assuming you started with two parents. So that’s a lot of global orphans. Just the staggering number of that. I believe at one point really early in development, Black Widow was actually leading the organization in D.C. that was in charge of orphans, basically. That was what she was heading up five years later. But yes, it’s fascinating when you start running it down.”
Well, we got what we got and we’re satisfied with it. Black Widow went out on a high note making the biggest sacrifice of all. The only thing we are sad about is that she won’t be there in the A-Force movie when it comes out in the future. But at least the solo movie looks pretty good to us. It will tell us the only part of Black Widow’s life that we’re unfamiliar with. Given that she left everyone emotional, there’s a high chance that everyone could come in for the solo movie just out of love and respect for the hero.
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton, Ty Simpkins, Ava Russo and Brie Larson.