Avengers: Endgame involved the heroes going back in time to bring back the Infinity Stones from the past so they could undo everything that Thanos had previously done. To make this happen, Natasha Romanoff had to make the greatest sacrifice. It was because of her that the Stark Gauntlet was a complete set. Her death scene was pretty emotional but it was really important for the film to come together. The relationship between Hawkeye & Black Widow was taken to another level on Vormir, but what’s interesting is that this scene could have been very different originally.
While we loved how close to our hearts this scene got. It was a small, simple & very personal scene where Widow & Barton argued with each other upon who should sacrifice themselves for the Soul Stone. But initially instead of just these two heroes being on Titan, there was actually a sequence where Thanos would have attacked Vormir.
Jeremy Renner recently appeared on a panel at this weekend’s Ace Comic Con, and he revealed how Nat’s death was shot initially:
“We shot it, and it’s very different from what’s in the movie now. It’s a scene we re-shot because it was much more complicated [than the] scene that’s in Endgame now. There’s an attack, Thanos is in some ship or something, and a bunch of weird aliens were running around and it was too complicated, so what they did is we shot the scene, still with the same kind of idea, but now we’re just fighting each other to commit suicide for the soul stone.”
Well, it would have been interesting to see how Thanos could have been involved in the scene. It might have been next to impossible for Widow and Clint to win against someone like Thanos. But still Clint would have ended up with the Soul Stone anyway. So, it’s good that we got a scene that involved just Hawkeye & Black Widow and what followed ended up totally surprising everyone.
The fans actually appreciated this smart and bold step of killing Black Widow, but many of us complained for Widow not getting a funeral similar to Tony Stark. Her sacrifice was perhaps even more crucial than Tony Stark, so she also deserved a funeral. So why didn’t everyone get to know about her heroic act? Well, the writers have an answer for us. They had a pretty big interview with The New York Times, and they explained why Widow’s death was really important, and why she did not get a funeral like Tony did.
Here’s what Stephen McFeely had to say:
“Her journey, in our minds, had come to an end if she could get the Avengers back. She comes from such an abusive, terrible, mind-control background, so when she gets to Vormir and she has a chance to get the family back, that’s a thing she would trade for. Tony gets a funeral. Natasha doesn’t. That’s partly because Tony’s this massive public figure and she’s been a cipher the whole time. It wasn’t necessarily honest to the character to give her a funeral.”
We’re really glad that the creatives did not meddle with the Vormir scene. It was just perfect and we didn’t want anything else. Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, William Hurt as General Ross, Tilda Swinton as Ancient One and Josh Brolin as Thanos.