Scarlett Johansson has opened up about Black Widow’s death in Avengers: Endgame, which saw the beloved superhero sacrificing herself in order to retrieve the Soul Stone.
But while undoubtedly one of the most emotional scenes in the blockbuster, some fans were upset that she wasn’t given a funeral scene like Tony Stark, while others were just furious that she left the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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She said: “I love Natasha. She’s had an incredible 10-year journey, and I felt that she was finally able to make an active choice. It seemed very in-character, that ultimate sacrifice that she makes
“She’s made peace with that, and, in some ways, has known that’s her destiny all along, in a weird poetic way.”
Johansson said that all her past performances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had built to Black Widow’s decision in Endgame, which saw her holding Hawkeye back so that she could be the one to die at Vormir.
“When you look back on the films, that’s in there. All the films have led her to that choice – or to be able to make that choice, or for it to be a choice.”
Johansson has promised that upcoming film Black Widow will offer “resolution” for the character, while director Cate Shortland assured fans that the delayed superhero movie will “honour” her.
“That [death] gives Black Widow an added heart at the end, because it’s not wrapping [the story] up. It’s actually what you feel – it’s not a narrative thing. It’s like, how do we make the audience feel?”
We’ll get to see if that’s the case when Black Widow is released in UK cinemas on 28 October.