Black Widow Didn’t Get a Funeral Because She’s Not Dead for Good: MCU to Resurrect Natasha Romanoff in Phase 5

Ever Since Avengers: Endgame bid farewell to Natasha Romanoff — displaying the character’s transition from self-serving spy to selfless savior via sacrifice — MCU fans have been asking one question: “Why didn’t Natasha get a funeral scene?” Considering Tony Stark received quite the emotionally stirring farewell, with all the Avengers present to pay their respects, it felt like Black Widow got the short end of the stick.

Scarlett Johansson Black Widow SDCC
Scarlett Johansson ‘Black Widow’ San Diego Comic-Con | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Many used the upcoming prequel to justify the lack of a funeral scene. Arguing that we would be seeing the character again, the justification relied mostly on the idea that such a scene would feel out of place. However, considering the events of Black Widow will occur post-Civil War, the logic seems misguided to many, as she is still dead in the present timeline. But, is she gone for good? Recent news indicates that Natasha Romanoff’s Black Widow may not be dead forever…

While Black Widow is set to introduce Yelena Belova to the MCU, reports indicate that a second Black Widow film starring Johansson is still on the table; meaning, Johansson’s Natasha may not be handing over the mantle as many presumed would be the case. So much for an ordinary prequel/origin film.

We Got This Covered also recently announced that, while Black Widow will remain deceased in the upcoming movie (with regard to the present timeline), a future installment may use the Infinity Stones, magic, or some other fantastical approach to resurrect Natasha sometime in phase 5 or phase 6. Let’s consider what we know.

Insider reports say Marvel is planning a Natasha resurrection; Black Widow to rejoin the Avengers? 

According to sources close to We Got This Covered, Marvel plans to resurrect Natasha and introduce her into the present MCU timeline. The same sources who told the outlet that TaskMaster will be the villain in Black Widow and that the real Mandarin will be the villain in Shang-Chi provided the leak; considering this insider has proved credible in the past, such a turn of events may be more plausible than fans initially thought. 

The outlet was informed that Black Widow’s resurrection is far off; thus, how Marvel will go about bringing her back remains unknown; not to mention, Scarlett Johansson may not want to play the role come the time that such a narrative grows appropriate. It’s way too soon now, and may still be too soon in Phase 5. 

Marvel must wait long enough to guarantee that Natasha’s death feels permanent; otherwise, her sacrifice loses its value. If Natasha comes back, it won’t be anytime soon. However, it’s likely that they would team her up with the existing Avengers, leaving some old blood to fight alongside some new blood, and keeping fans of the OG six deeply connected to the ever-expanding cinematic universe. 

To all the Natasha Romanoff fans who feared this would be the hero’s last outing, take a sigh of relief, as the butt-kicking master of hand-to-hand combat may be taking down baddies for years to come.