Scarlett Johansson Says ‘Black Widow’ Will Help ‘Avengers’ Fans Heal

The star also praised Kevin Feige for helping shape Black Widow's story.

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Scarlett Johansson recently discussed in an interview how her upcoming Black Widow film will help Avengers: Endgame fans heal over her character’s death.

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to kick off with Black Widow, a prequel that details the history of Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson. The character of Black Widow sacrificed herself at the end of Avengers: Endgame, which made many fans confused as to why the character was only now getting a solo film. In a recent interview with a preview magazine (via, Johansson discussed how the solo film will help fans heal over her character’s death.

“There was no reason to do a Black Widow standalone film unless we could dig deep and be brave. I’m very happy with all the work we’ve done on the Marvel Studios films. I felt that Avengers: Endgame was so satisfying I wanted to make sure Black Widow would be so satisfying, not just for the fans, but also for myself, artistically and creatively, after a decade of playing this character. This film gives the opportunity for some sort of healing and understanding as to why Natasha decides to make that ultimate sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame.”

Scarlett Johansson also touched upon how it’s important that Black Widow is launching after Avengers: Endgame, as it retroactively makes the character’s prequel story more impacful.

“I don’t think we would have been able cut that deep back then. It would have probably been much more of a straight-up spy thriller that maybe would have been a lot flashier in a different kind of way and just scratch the surface of what we do in this movie.”

The Avengers star continued by bringing up how the story for the upcoming film was crafted and how it doesn’t necessarily reflect a singular storyline from the comics. Johansson also tipped her hat towards Marvel’s creative architect Kevin Feige, who is largely responsible for the franchise’s decision.

“There wasn’t one specific comic or storyline that we really wanted to adapt. Black Widow as a character has had thousands of different storylines over the years, so, it wasn’t obvious what we were going to do. It had to feel like a continuation of something that we’d already started, and that we were already scratching away at. I was thinking in a very small, specific way, and Kevin Feige thinks in this really huge, unexpected way. The combination of those two approaches is what you get in the Black Widow film. Kevin Feige’s genius is that he really always thinks about what fans expect.”

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Here is the official synopsis for the upcoming Marvel film:

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 film stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.

Black Widow is set to be released on November 6, 2020. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding Black Widow and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more video content!