Black Widow’s axed storyline in Avengers: Endgame would have broken hearts

Black Widow’s life after Thanos’ snap of doom would have looked a whole lot different if the Russo Brothers hadn’t axed it from Avengers: Endgame.

Thanks to Thanos wiping out half the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Infinity War, a quarter of the world’s population was left without parents.

In the original version of the Endgame script, the Russo Brothers had planned for Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, to run an orphanage looking after children whose superhero parents perished in Thanos’ snap of destruction.

It would have provided some serious tearjerker scenes but, directors Joe and Anthony Russo had a last-minute change of heart.

Revealing the devastating plot for the first time, Anthony said on Slate’s podcast The Gist: ‘One thing that we talked about a lot – and I thought was really profound, but it was almost too large of an idea for us to wrangle, but we did try for a while – the idea that one-quarter of all children have no parents.

‘Assuming you started with two parents. So that’s a lot of global orphans. Just the staggering number of that. I believe at one point really early in development, Black Widow was actually leading the organisation in D.C. that was in charge of orphans, basically.’

She continued: ‘That was what she was heading up five years later. But yes, it’s fascinating when you start running it down.’

Marvel fans will be seeing a whole lot more of Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff with Scarlett’s standalone movie in the works.


So, those who have watched Endgame will know that Black Widow didn’t exactly have a happy ending – she was dropped off a cliff.

However, the standalone movie is expected to be a prequel taking place before the events of the first Avengers movie.


A release date for Black Widow is yet to be announced but rest assured that we’ll be seeing more of Natasha on-screens.

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