How did Black Widow Die in endgame?
Black Widow met an untimely and tragic end halfway through Avengers: Endgame, sacrificing herself on Vormir so that Hawkeye could retrieve the Soul Stone. ... During Infinity War, Thanos was sent to the world inside the Soul Stone immediately following the snap that dusted half of the world's population. inverse.com'Avengers: Endgame' theory solves a big mystery about Black Widow's death
15 July, 2021 - 06:22am
Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark got the send-off he deserved as, after he sacrificed his life to defeat Thanos once and for all, the closing moments of Endgame focused on his funeral where everybody – even Harley Keener – was in attendance to mark his tragic passing.
Everybody, that is, except for Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, who had sacrificed herself earlier in Endgame so that the remaining Avengers could get the Soul Stone. Beyond one conversation after her death, her sacrifice wasn't marked in the same grand way as Tony's – and Marvel fans weren't happy.
After all, shouldn't it have been a joint funeral? Given that if it wasn't for Natasha's sacrifice, Tony wouldn't have been able to go all "I am Iron Man" and save the day. But no, Natasha didn't get a funeral and as far as we could tell from Endgame, nothing to mark her death or dedication to the Avengers.
With the release of Black Widow though, this major error has now been corrected to ensure that Marvel fans know Natasha's sacrifice has been remembered.
At the time of Endgame's release, co-writer Christopher Markus justified the lack of a funeral for Natasha in the movie because of who she was.
"Tony gets a funeral. Natasha doesn't. That's partly because Tony's this massive public figure and she's been a cipher the whole time. It wasn't necessarily honest to the character to give her a funeral," he said.
Co-director Joe Russo followed it up by saying that since Natasha had another MCU movie to come and Tony didn't, they had to "bring closure to Tony Stark" and there was the opportunity for Black Widow to do the same for Natasha. Since it was already telling a lot of story, Endgame just didn't have the time for both.
Given that Black Widow was taking place earlier in the MCU (since Natasha was, you know, dead), it felt unlikely that her long-awaited solo movie could bring the closure and recognition that her character deserved.
But as well as filling in the blanks in her backstory, Black Widow does rectify Endgame's mistake and marks Natasha's sacrifice. It might not be the Avengers-packed event that Tony gets, yet it feels more fitting for the character.
The moment comes in Black Widow's credits scene that takes place after Endgame in the MCU timeline. We see Yelena (Florence Pugh) visit Natasha's grave, but it might not be anywhere that the Avengers would expect to look.
It's not specified exactly where, but since Valentina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) jokes that she's "allergic to the Midwest", we could assume that it's in Ohio where Natasha and Yelena grew up with their 'parents', Melina (Rachel Weisz) and Alexei (David Harbour).
"Daughter. Sister. Avenger," the grave reads and whether it's Yelena who arranged it all or Natasha's fellow Avengers, it's a sign that she hasn't been forgotten and those who want to pay tribute can.
It almost feels like a direct response to that Endgame criticism and the scene was actually part of reshoots for Black Widow in winter 2020. (The rest of Black Widow was shot between May and September 2019.)
"I know the reaction that fans had to Scarlett's death in Endgame," director Cate Shortland told Variety. "The fact that we got to see that moment between her and her sister, it means that to me, she is eternal, you know?"
The apt choice of location for Natasha's grave actually came from Scarlett Johansson herself, in case you were worried that having her memorial somewhere unexpected went against her character.
"Scarlett talked to me about it: Her character would have hated a public funeral," Shortland recalled. "So I felt like the fact that she's buried in a really private place, in the boondocks somewhere, is perfect."
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15 July, 2021 - 06:22am
In Black Widow's post-credits scene, Yelena (Florence Pugh) visits Natasha's (Scarlett Johansson) gravesite, begging the question of what happened to her body after her death. After she died in Avengers: Endgame, Clint returned back to his time without Natasha's body. But she died on Vormir in a different timeline and Black Widow's post-credits scene confirms that her grave is located in the Midwest. These details further complicate the circumstances surrounding Natasha's body.
Black Widow takes place in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, explaining what Natasha was up to while she was on the run after helping Steve Rogers. Reuniting with her "family" in Russia inspires her to go back to the U.S. and break the imprisoned Avengers out of jail and get the group back together, but Natasha later sacrifices herself to gain the Soul Stone in Endgame. As Black Widow saw Natasha spend time with her adopted sister Yelena, the movie naturally had to chronicle her reaction to Natasha's death. But audiences familiar with the circumstances of Natasha's death were likely surprised to see Yelena visiting an actual gravestone.
After Clint returns to the rest of the Avengers in Endgame, it was implied that Natasha's body remained on Vormir after she sacrificed herself. But by showing a physical grave for Natasha Romanoff, audiences can no longer assume that is necessarily the case. Black Widow never offers an answer as to what happened to her body, or if there's even one in her grave at all. But with the introduction of time travel and multiple dimensions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's a number of possibilities as to what happened to Natasha's body after her death. But no matter what the answer is, each possibility proves that Natasha's sacrifice was not forgotten.
Natasha's death in Endgame has been considered controversial by many, as she was never shown to have received a funeral like Tony Stark's, despite her sacrifice. Criticism emerged that her death was only used as a vehicle to propel the male Avengers' action. But Black Widow's post-credits scene shows that isn't necessarily the case. If her body is in the grave, someone (likely Steve) made a treacherous journey to retrieve it. Even if her body isn't there, her fellow Avengers chose to honor her. The Black Widow post-credits scene shows her grave adorned with numerous bouquets of flowers and tokens of affection, proving that people other than the Avengers have paid tribute to her since her death. No matter where her body ended up, Black Widow more than makes up for the way that her death was handled in Endgame.