Scarlett Johansson Wasn’t Part of This Behind-the-Scenes MCU Photo, So a Fan Fixed It

One of the most exciting scenes of the entire 20 plus film history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is the epic final battle between The Avengers and Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame.

The thrilling conclusion features a number of unforgettable moments including Captain America (Chris Evans) proving himself worth by wielding Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) hammer Mjölnir, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) making her powerful return to Earth, and a sequence in which a number of Marvel’s most well-known female superheroes combine their respective powers to safely transport the Infinity Gauntlet.

This collection of awesome women heroes has been dubbed A-Force, sharing the title of a popular series of Marvel Comics that similarly focuses on a group of the world’s mightiest female heroes. The awesome actress’ of the Avengers: Endgame version of A-Force have recently discussed their hop for an all-female Marvel movie, and a picture of the possible team has been the topic of discussion amongst fans. 

What is Marvel’s A-Force? 

Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet
Scarlett Johansson | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In the Marvel Comics series, A-Force is the name of the first all-female Avengers team. The comic version of the team includes somewhat lesser-known heroes, including members Singularity, She-Hulk, Dazzler, Nico Minoru, Medusa, and Captain Marvel.

As of know, Captain Marvel is the only character to appear in the MCU, and a She-Hulk Disney+ original series is in development. The MCU version of the A-Force superhero team unofficially made their debut in the final battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. 

Since then, there have been rumors about an all-female Avengers film, which would be led by the unparalleled power of Captain Marvel. Nearly all the actors that play female heroes in the MCU have expressed interest in the project including Larson.

This camaraderie amongst the women of Marvel is strong and can be seen in a recently released picture of nine of the most popular actors in their character’s costume. 

The A-Force group picture on Reddit

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On a Marvel Studios Reddit thread, a fan posted a colorized photo featuring a number of Marvel’s most prominent female characters in costume.

Included in the picture, from right to left, are Okoye (Danai Gurira), Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Pepper Potts/Rescue (Gwyneth Paltrow), Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Hope Van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Shuri (Letitia Wright), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Nebula (Karen Gillan).

Many fans of the characters and actors that play them were excited to see the heroes altogether in one picture, but some wondered why two of Marvel’s most prominent female stars were not included in the group picture.

The elite Asgardian warrior and newly named King of New Asgard Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson and Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, were two of the most high-profile Avengers that were not in the group photo.

Why wasn’t Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow in the A-Force picture? 

Despite being the first and one of the most important female heroes in the MCU, Black Widow was not in the group photo. The A-Force photo came from the set of Avengers: Endgame, in a scene that did not feature the original Avenger member.

Johansson would have likely been in the photo, if not for her character’s sacrificial death earlier in the film. To fix the beloved character’s omission from the photo, one Reddit user posted an edited picture with Johansson’s over-sized and ghost-like face overlooking the women. This tribute to the fallen Avenger is fitting, as Johansson/Black Widow is considered a trailblazing figure in the male-dominated world of superheroes.

Fans will be able to give Black Widow a proper send-off sometime in the near future with the release of her upcoming solo film Black Widow, and her legacy will live on with the next generation of female heroes and their possible future A-Force film.