Scarlett Johansson On How ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reshoots Changed Black Widow’s Death

Scarlett Johansson commented on how reshoots altered Black Widow’s death scene in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.

In May, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff will finally get the spotlight in Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. The long-awaited standalone film will be set in between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, before Natasha heroically sacrificed herself to ensure our heroes could collect the Soul Stone and use it with the other gems to defeat Thanos.

While Black Widow’s Avengers: Endgame death was a more intimate scene with just her and Hawkeye grappling with the decision of who would sacrifice themselves for the stone, the sequence was originally more action-oriented before reshoots occurred.  As Scarlett Johansson explained, one version of the sequence involved Natasha being chased down by what she described as an “army of Dementor-type creatures”:

“I was thinking, ‘Parents will never forgive us for how these creatures look.”

Of course, the filmmakers ultimately decided to alter the death scene to focus on the dynamic between Natasha and Hawkeye, which Scarlett Johansson said was a decision made to ensure the impact of her death truly resonated with audiences:

“We wanted to leave [the audience] with the weight of that loss and the shock of it.”

Are you glad the Avengers: Endgame filmmakers decided to keep the focus of Natasha’s death on her and Hawkeye? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here is the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ 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, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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