Sorry, Marvel Fans — You Won’t Be Seeing A Reboot With These Dead Characters, ‘Endgame’ Writer Says

Most fans have been able to see the latest Avengers movie by now and what they saw has them feeling all kinds of emotions. While no one could have predicted the ending exactly, that didn’t make the major character deaths any easier to take. The Avengers trilogy took fans on an emotional roller coaster that they’re still not fully recovered from.

But the beauty of supernatural fantasy films is that they aren’t even close to reality. This small detail has MCU fans wondering: is there a chance that any of the deceased characters could come back to life in future films? That solution seems easier to take than the alternative: that we’ll never see them again.

Unfortunately, there’s almost no chance of that happening. An Endgame writer recently revealed why it would be impossible.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.

Who died in ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

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Avengers: Endgame | Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Even before the Avengers: Endgame release, producers warned fans to steel their emotions because the stakes were so high. But these warnings weren’t enough to prepare everyone for the great losses they faced over the course of the film.

Since Endgame marked the completion of MCU phase 3, it was a natural consequence that many of the characters we’ve come to love over the years ended their story arcs. Some of the most impactful deaths in the film included Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Those weren’t the only deaths, but they were the ones fans hated to see the most.

 Marvel won’t be bringing any characters back to life

Unfortunately for everyone who’s still reeling from the harsh reality of Endgame, they shouldn’t expect to see Black Widow or Iron Man make miraculous recoveries in future films.

As Endgame co-writer Christopher Marcus explained, “It’s the nature of the MCU. It’s not a place where you can reboot one and suddenly Iron Man is 15 years old and everyone else is still the same age. The characters have to pass out, and the universe has to still stand.”

“So if you’re going to take people off the board, they’ve got to go for real. Granted, these are movies. I understand that somebody has made some kind of announcement that has the word ‘Vision’ in it, so I mean…”

Fans will see their favorite deceased characters again

Good news for Black Widow fans: all hope is not lost for seeing her again. One convenient loophole to the “no reincarnation” rule is that it doesn’t rule out prequels.

For example, the MCU Phase 4 is rumored to include a solo Black Widow movie which will star Scarlett Johansson. No titles or plots are confirmed yet, but it’s slated to begin filming this summer and could hit theaters by this time next year.

Marvel fans may still be mourning the deaths of their favorites, but at least this provides hope that we haven’t seen the last of them yet. We’ll look forward to seeing what other surprised MCU has in store for us in Phase 4 and beyond.