‘Avengers: Endgame’ May Give The ‘Black Widow’ Solo Film Some Unexpected Layers

The Playlist | 4/26/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Considering the 3-hour runtime for “Avengers: Endgame,” and the countless interviews that promised/warned you about the end of an era and the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the audience was right to expect significant changes, shocks, and revelations from the epic film. And for the most part, Marvel Studios weren’t lying. There were incredible returns for characters, some shocking deaths, and yes, a time-jump that featured some unexpected consequences for some beloved characters.

Before the release of ‘Endgame,’ if you were to bet which characters would end up surviving the film, at the top of the list probably would have been Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow. The character seemed destined to survive the onslaught because many assumed the big 3 (Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Evans) would perish, leaving Scarlett Johansson left as the biggest name to carry the load. There’s also that little thing about a solo “Black Widow” film that is about to begin shooting in a couple of months featuring the character. Stands to figure she would live.

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Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, and not only did Black Widow expire in the film, but she died in such a way that not even the mighty Infinity Stones were able to bring her back. Yes, ‘Endgame’ went to great lengths to explain (via Hawkeye) and then reiterate and hammer home (via Banner), that not even an ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ snap could bring her back. So, for all intents and purposes, Black Widow is dead, dead, dead. Never to be seen again.

So, where does that leave her solo film? Before the release of ‘Endgame,’ the speculation was that the “Black Widow” spin-off movie would be a prequel, focusing on the early days of Natasha, before her becoming a hero and joining Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And ‘Endgame’...
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