‘Black Widow’ Could Reunite Scarlett Johansson 1 Last Time with Her Fallen Avengers

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), 2020 has been a disappointing year. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both Black Widow and Eternals have been pushed until 2021. The Disney+ shows will have to carry the MCU until then. But at least Black Widow will likely give Marvel fans what they’ve wanted since the end of Avengers: Endgame.

David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, and Scarlett Johansson of 'Black Widow'
David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, and Scarlett Johansson of ‘Black Widow’ | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

‘Black Widow’ resurrects Scarlett Johansson’s Avenger

Midway through that game-changing MCU chapter, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) sacrifices her own life. In doing so, she ensures Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) can obtain the Soul Stone that the Avengers later use to resurrect half of all life. Similarly, Black Widow revives its title character for one more MCU adventure.

No, Natasha Romanoff is not literally brought back to life in her long-awaited solo movie. But audiences will finally get the chance to see a very different side of her. For so long, the character has been defined by her families within S.H.I.E.L.D. and then the Avengers. But Black Widow takes fans into her life as a former assassin for the KGB in Russia.

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The movie has a unique place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe

It’s taken a full decade for Marvel Studios to finally give Black Widow her own movie. But given where Avengers: Endgame took her storyline, the project takes an unorthodox approach for the MCU. While the movies aren’t released in a precise chronological order, Black Widow is one of the few to take place firmly in between two other releases.

Reportedly, the movie catches up with Natasha after Captain America: Civil War. In that film, she helps Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) escape. And later Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) warns Natasha that she will pay the price for violating the Sokovia Accords. The next time fans see Natasha, she’s on the run with Steve.

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‘Black Widow’ will likely be the final film appearance for 3 key Avengers

It stands to reason then that Black Widow will begin with Natasha on the run from Stark and the government. Reports have claimed for a while now that Downey could briefly reprise his role in either reused archive footage or something shot in secret years ago. Likewise, Evans may also reappear as Natasha links up with the Secret Avengers, as seen in Avengers: Infinity War.

As the MCU prepares to launch into Phase 4, Black Widow presents a rare opportunity to delve into an untold story featuring appearances from three fallen heroes. Iron Man paid the ultimate price to ensure the Avengers triumphed over Thanos (Josh Brolin). And according to Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain America is presumed dead. 

Even if old Steve Rogers lives on, the only other logical place he could show up is Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In either case, Black Widow is likely the last chance audiences have to see Evans’ Captain America in his prime and on the big screen. It’s only fitting it should be opposite longtime co-stars Johansson and Downey.