‘Avengers: Endgame’ Directors Defend Divisive Scene With Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow

Avengers Endgame Scarlett Johansson Black WidowWarning: The following post contains Avengers: Endgame spoilers about Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow!

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo defended to controversial decision to have Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow sacrifice her life.

Avengers: Endgame followed the surviving Infinity War heroes as they traveled back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones in hopes of using them to reverse Thanos’ decimation, with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye being tasked with retrieving the Soul Stones on the planet Vormir. Of course, collecting the Soul Stone required a sacrifice and while the two long-time friends argued over who would give their life for the item, it was ultimately Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow who took the sacrificial leap.

However, the decision to kill Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been controversial, with some noting the death marks another example of a female character being killed to motivate a male hero or arguing the film places Hawkeye’s life above Natasha’s. In an interview conducted before the release of Avengers: Endgame, Joe Russo explained that Black Widow’s decision was intended to be the act of a soldier giving up their life for a greater good:

“The theme of the movie is, can you change your destiny, and what does it cost to do it? And are you willing to pay that cost? It’s a resounding yes from the Avengers. In [Infinity War] they said, ‘We don’t trade lives,’ and there was a desire to protect. And in this movie, there’s now a desire to sacrifice in order to accomplish the goal.”

Anthony Russo also commented on how Hawkeye’s mission to bring back his family factored into the decision:

“We open the movie on [Hawkeye’s] family. She reminds him of it in the scene. They both may have the mission in that moment where, ‘I’m not going to let you kill yourself,’ but Hawkeye has mixed agendas there, which I feel takes the edge off his focus in a way that she doesn’t.

How do you feel about the decision to have Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow give up her own life? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Here is the official synopsis for Avengers: Endgame:

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo,  Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.

Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theaters!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Character Posters Feature Surviving & Fallen Heroes

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Avengers Endgame Captain Marvel Brie LarsonMarvel Studios released new Avengers: Endgame character posters for both the surviving and fallen heroes of Thanos' decimation in Infinity War.

Nearly one year ago, fans were devasted when Avengers: Infinity War concluded with Thanos carrying out his mission to eradicate half of the population in the universe, including several MCU heroes. In exactly one month, fans will finally discover how the surviving Avengers plan to avenge their fallen comrades and potentially undo Thanos' decimation with the help of newcomer Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Now, Marvel Studios has released several character posters not only for the surviving heroes who will embark on a game-changing mission in Endgame but also for those who fell victim to Thanos' eradication in Infinity War.

The line-up includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and many more!

You can check out the first character poster below and click "next" to view the rest of the gallery!

Avengers Endgame Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.

Endgame will serve as both a follow up to Avengers: Infinity War as well as the conclusion to the 22 films that came before it, which have now been dubbed as the Infinity Saga by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, before Marvel kicks off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Spider-Man: Far From Home in July.

While plot details still remain under wraps, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are expected to team up with Brie Larson's Captain Marvel and utilize the Quantum Realm in their efforts to undo the decimation from Thanos' snap and bring back half of the universe's population, who were turned to dust by the Mad Titan.

What do you think of the new Endgame character posters? Which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo,  Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow, with Josh Brolin as Thanos.

Avengers: Endgame will be released in theaters on April 26, 2019.

Avengers Endgame Captain America Chris Evans

Avengers Endgame Thor Chris Hemsworth

Avengers Endgame Hawkeye Jeremy Renner

Avengers Endgame Wasp Evangeline Lilly

Avengers Endgame War Machine Don Cheadle

Avengers Endgame Star-Lord Chris Pratt

Avengers Endgame Spider-Man Tom Holland

Avengers Endgame Shuri Letitia Wright

Avengers Endgame Pepper Potts Gwyneth Paltrow

Avengers Endgame Groot

Avengers Endgame Falcon Anthony Mackie

Avengers Endgame Bucky Barnes Sebastian Stan

Avengers Endgame Drax Dave Bautista

Avengers Endgame Ant-Man Paul Rudd

Avengers Endgame Benedict Wong

Avengers Endgame Black Panther Chadwick Boseman

Avengers Endgame Black Widow Scarlett Johansson

Avengers Endgame Bruce Banner Hulk Mark Ruffalo

Avengers Endgame Captain Marvel Brie Larson

Avengers Endgame Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch

Avengers Endgame Gamora Zoe Saldana

Avengers Endgame Happy Hogan Jon Favreau

Avengers Endgame Mantis Pom Klementieff

Avengers Endgame Nebula Karen Gillan

Avengers Endgame Okoye Danai Gurira

Avengers Endgame Rocket Raccoon

Avengers Endgame Scarlet Witch Elizabeth Olsen

Avengers Endgame Vision Paul Bettany

Avengers Endgame Valkyrie Tessa Thompson

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  • Mark Finley

    That’s not much of a defence.

    I didn’t like that scene myself. For one thing, apparently Hawkeye had spent the past 5 years brutally murdering people. How is he supposed to simply forget about it and move back with his family?

    On another note, how does it make sense to kill off the character who appears to have been active, leading the superhero team etc, the character who has a lot to offer to the story, and keep the character who was retired, returned to become a murderer and then retired again.

    Then I found out they are making a Black Widow movie, after they killed her. Were they on drugs when they were writing the script? Not that it would be a surprise, this is Hollywood we’re talking about.

    • Spider12

      He’s not the point was that Widow was giving him a chance to clear his ledger like she did