In the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow is one of the heroes who doesn’t come out alive. But her death scene was almost very different. Here’s what it could have been, and what fans think about the two versions.
Black Widow dies in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Endgame did bring with it some finality, as promised. The first of those important deaths (you know, aside from Thanos’) occurs when best friends Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton travel back to 2014 and go to Vormir to get the Soul Stone before Thanos can.
In the scene, the characters learn what the audience already knows: One of them must allow the other to die as a sacrifice. As the film shows, we see them each decide that they should be the one to die, realize that they’re not in agreement, and then battle to save the other. In the end, Natasha frees herself from Clint’s grasp, falling to her death.
The Vormir Battle deleted scene is on Disney+
The scene in question almost played out much differently. You’ll recall that Nebula, who is also back in 2014 with them, though on a different planet, attempts to warn Clint and Natasha via a signal that Thanos knows about the plan. We never see if anything comes of it. But in a deleted scene simply titled “Vormir Battle,” which you can watch on Disney+ under the “Extras” tab when you click on Endgame, things play out a bit differently.
Thanos’ cronies show up on Vormir and begin to attack. Natasha and Clint are, as in the final version, in a disagreement over who should be the sacrifice. She makes the choice that it will be her, running out before Clint gives the signal, killing as many enemies as she can along the way and taking some major hits herself. In the end, she’s on the edge of the cliff, mortally wounded, as Thanos shows up. So she throws herself off.
Why the Russos didn’t use this scene
The result was the same in both cases, but there was one major difference. Anthony Russo told Inverse, “We wanted to make it Black Widow’s final test with Hawkeye, a character who she’s been so close to, but the cuts all of a sudden became between them and a bunch of Thanos’ minions, who we didn’t have any relationship with.”
He continued. “We started spitballing: Isn’t the best version of this scene Hawkeye versus Black Widow? We have two heroes, neither of whom is gonna let the other die? They both know they have a mission that involves one of them sacrificing themselves and these characters had such a rich relationship throughout the MCU. So why don’t we just make the conflict between these two characters?”
What did fans think of the original death scene?
As Screen Rant’s Thomas Bacon writes, the scene may be a bit more logical, but it “packs far less of an emotional punch.” Many fans agree. On Reddit, user Lt_Lysol wrote that the original version “felt too polarizing of action and emotion,” while the reshoot, “felt intimate and much deeper.”
Still others are a bit hung up on the logic. Galla24 writes, “this would have made Nebula trying to warn them not seem pointless.” And some, like Thandorianskiff, feel that the version they went with was “almost comedic” how Clint and Natasha battle to sacrifice themselves.