Through a TikTok trend, co-director of Avengers: Endgame Joe Russo makes fun of recurring criticisms of Black Widow’s passing. The Infinity Saga was wrapped up in the 2019 MCU blockbuster, which also served as a send-off for a few of the franchise’s original heroes. While Natasha Romanoff’s sacrifice occurred in the middle of the blockbuster, leaving her to miss the pivotal final battle, Iron Man’s demise and Captain America’s retirement occurred at the end of the film. This specific plot point has since received criticism and has remained a popular subject of discussion among fans.
After more than 3 years since the release of Avengers: Endgame, the franchise is currently working hard to set up its upcoming narrative arc in the MCU Multiverse Saga. Despite this, it appears that the Russos continue to face criticism for writing Black Widow out of the franchise. Joe Russo responds to a comment on the topic by referencing a popular trend on the platform in a brand-new AGBO Films TikTok video. View the video below:
@agbofilms the raw footage of joe russo filming this alone in his trailer might be better than the actual trend #russobrothers #blackwidow #avengers ♬ оригинальный звук – zotov
The Debate Over Black Widow’s Avengers: Endgame Death
Most people really like the movie Avengers: Endgame. Even though it isn’t perfect, it offers a satisfying end to the Infinity Saga, which is no small accomplishment given its 10-year development. Nevertheless, there are a few of Marvel Studios’ artistic decisions that are still up for debate. This includes how Fat Thor’s storyline was handled and how Black Widow’s demise turned out. The main issue with the latter is that Hawkeye was better placed to make that sacrifice for the Soul Stone, so Natasha could have continued her story in the MCU.
While Black Widow was killed, it would have been much better if Marvel had kept her alive. They could have continued to work on her character arc in this way, something they utterly failed to do throughout the 11-year Infinity Saga. She was unfairly reduced to assisting her fellow founding Avengers rather than being treated as a primary role player in the MCU. It might have been better to continue her story in order to give her more agency, as the franchise could have shown her pursuing her passions rather than being compelled to complete tasks for the team.
Natasha Romanoff made another appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the prequel Black Widow solo movie after her sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. As she is reunited with her foster family, which includes her quasi-sister Yelena Belova, the project focuses on the character’s time immediately following the execution of the Sokovia Accords. Unfortunately, the film does very little to address the issues raised by Black Widow’s passing in Avengers: Endgame. In fact, it worsens them because it goes against some of the decisions she made in the blockbuster movie from 2019. However, it appears that the Russos are standing by their choice given how Natasha was written out of the MCU, despite the ongoing criticisms.
Source: AGBO Films/TikTok