Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has finally landed in cinemas! If the long-endured wait hasn’t been enough to reduce you to tears, then the fact that it’s the last time she will reprise the role of the Widow should at least cause you to well up. After 11 years of throwing down with baddest, Johansson will be hanging up the mantle with her prequel movie, Black Widow, set to be her last hurrah. The film picks up after the events of Captain America Civil War and before Avengers Infinity War. During this time, Romanoff has the troubling task of confronting her past whilst being pursued by a force intent on taking her down. Never a dull day for the former black ops assassin. However gruelling those life-or-death situations Romanoff has thrown herself in, actress Johansson has had a blast playing the role and found walking away pretty darn tough. In an interview with Total Film the actress said:
“It’s definitely bittersweet because I love my Marvel family.”
“I’ll never feel ready to not be in it because I hate to feel like I’m missing out on stuff with them.”
She added, “Who knows? Maybe at some point, we’ll have some opportunity to collaborate in some other kind of way.”
*Don’t judge us for weeping*
There is no denying that fans were moved by Romanoff’s sacrificial death in Endgame. Three years on from that unexpected blow many have come to terms with the directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s decision but could it be possible that we haven’t seen the last of Romanoff in the MCU?
We’ve seen Tom Hiddleston’s Loki defeat death multiple times but none more significant than his role in the Disney+ Marvel series Loki in which he we see the god of Mischief from another timeline swanning around. We’re not suggesting a similar fate for Romanoff but in a world of gods, aliens and superheroes anything is possible. Especially when we start playing around with the multiverse – and this is where things become more plausibly interesting.
The upcoming release of both Spider-Man: Nowhere Home and the Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness are both examples of how the MCU is exploring a less linear, more abstract path. A path which sees Spidey heroes pulled in from different Spider-verses in the case of Nowhere Home. There have also been rumours that Wanda Maximoff’s deceased twins Tommy and Billy could return in The Multiverse of Madness. When last we saw the boys, they were headed for impending death in the epic finale of the Disney+ Marvel series WandaVision.
However, in the final scene Wanda hears echoes of her lost children’s voices calling for her help. Rumours have been floating around in the stratosphere that the repercussions of Wanda’s Chaos magic may have caused a break in reality creating an opportunity for the overlapping of verses. Now these are just hunches circulating the web but what we do know is that Elizabeth Olsen will return in Doctor Strange next year. Even more interestingly (according to Fandom) actors Julian Hilliard and Jett Klyne (aka Billy and Tommy Maximoff) were also spotted on set.
What does any of this have to do with Black Widow? Everything and nothing. While it is not definitive proof of Black Widow’s return it does leave the door wide open for infinite ways in which this could happen.
None explained it better than Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Mysterio tells Tom Holland’s Peter Parker about the many multiple realities. He even goes as far as to specifies Peter’s dimension as Earth-616. True, he may have been manipulating the teen, given that he was not really from another branch of the multiverse but his theory still holds true. The multiverse is a collection of alternate universes and judging by the direction the MCU is taking they are set to collide. So, is another multiverse version of Black Widow such a stretch to imagine?
While the Russo brothers (to our knowledge) haven’t ruled out a return they have openly spoken about the poignance of Romanoff’s death in Endgame. This, in some ways, puts a slight dampener on the prospects of her coming back as the fearsome Nat we all know and love. After all, why risk ruining the significance of her sacrifice? However, if we are truly looking at a multiverse Natasha Romanoff – not just a character from a different timeline of the same multiverse like Loki – then it’s possible we could encounter a very different Black Widow. One who perhaps still has a ledger dipped in red.
For now, however, fans will have to satisfy themselves with the character’s reappearance in the prequel which is in cinemas now.
What do you think? Would you like to see Johansson reprise the role? Or were you satisfied with the meaningful end of her character arc?
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