Black Widow director Cate Shortland discussed why Natasha Romanoff didn’t get a funeral like fellow Avengers alum Tony Stark.
Mild spoilers ahead for Black Widow.
The end of Avengers: Endgame saw all the heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming together for a beautiful funeral for Tony Stark, who sacrificed himself to defeat Thanos. It was a sobering moment for the franchise, as it paid tribute to the character but also to the actor, who played the role for over a decade. Some fans were disappointed that Natasha Romanoff didn’t get the same on-screen send-off that Tony Stark did.
The post-credits scene from Black Widow revealed that Natasha Romanoff did, in fact, get buried in the Midwest but a funeral wasn’t shown. Speaking with Variety, Black Widow director Cate Shortland discussed why Romanoff didn’t get her own giant send-off from her fellow Avengers.
“Scarlett talked to me about it: Her character would have hated a public funeral. So I felt like the fact that she’s buried in a really private place, in the boondocks somewhere, is perfect.”
“I know the reaction that fans had to Scarlett’s death. The fact that we got to see that moment between her and her sister, it means that to me, she is eternal, you know?”
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Here is the synopsis for Black Widow:
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, the Marvel film stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.
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