Is Natasha Romanoff gone for good? Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson breaks her silence on rumors that she’ll return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an upcoming project.
In recent months it’s been heavily rumored that Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. the Black Widow, one final time in the MCU in the upcoming Avengers: Secret Wars project. When asked about the truth of these rumors, Johansson joked that her death was fairly final unless she returned as a zombie:
“I feel like that’s kinda the end, right?” Johansson tells the Today Show. “Could it be like a vampire version of the character? I’m here for that! Or a zombie version.”
In truth, it is entirely possible Scarlett Johansson’s rumored return takes the form of the undead, given Marvel Zombies is still greenlit on Disney Plus. However, given Avengers: Secret Wars is meant to be a celebration of all Marvel stars both inside and outside of the MCU, it would truly be a shock if the star didn’t appear one final time as the iconic Black Widow.
The future of the Avengers franchise
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is the first movie in a two-part finale to Marvel’s Multiverse Saga. It will be followed by Avengers: Secret Wars, rounding out Marvel Studios’ Phase 6. Both films are scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2025.
Destin Daniel Cretton is set to direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, with Jeff Loveness attached to write. Michael Waldron will write Avengers: Secret Wars, though there is no director attached to the project.
If Robert Downey Jr. does return as Iron Man in Avengers: Secret Wars, it is likely that he will play a major role in the film. Fans would rather see Downey as Iron Man instead of the rumored Tom Cruise.
Secret Wars is a crossover event that will bring together characters from all across the Marvel multiverse, so Iron Man’s experience and leadership will be invaluable to the Avengers. Michael Waldron is set to write the upcoming Marvel Studios film Avengers: Secret Wars, but a director has yet to be announced.