Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow deserves to return in Avengers: Secret Wars far more than Captain America or Iron Man to get a proper MCU sendoff.
Despite the interest in seeing more of Captain America or Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow needs an Avengers: Secret Wars return more than they do. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built around the original Avengers team for over a decade, but their run came to an end in Avengers: Endgame. Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow’s stories effectively came to a close during the movie. Since they are among the most popular MCU heroes, though, there has been a lot of speculation about how they could return. Marvel’s announcement of Avengers: Secret Wars looks to be the potential answer.
The sixth Avengers movie is expected to be the biggest MCU movie ever made in several ways. Since Marvel is likely expanding Avengers: Secret Wars‘ scope to cover the entire multiverse, there is a clear path for Marvel Studios to assemble a massive cast of Marvel heroes. Major MCU Phase 4 heroes like Doctor Strange, Shang-Chi, and Captain Marvel will be involved, but the multiverse angle also allows for characters who died or are from other universes to return. That is why there are so many theories that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine or Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man could appear. Meanwhile, it makes Avengers: Secret Wars look like the perfect place for Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. to return as Captain America and Iron Man.
Seeing Captain America or Iron Man return to fight Kang would be great, but Black Widow needs to return in Avengers: Secret Wars more than either of them. Audiences have seen Scarlett Johansson’s super-spy more recently thanks to the solo Black Widow movie in 2021. However, she was notably left out of the final fight in Avengers: Endgame against Thanos. Her death on Vormir to obtain the Soul Stone may have helped save the universe, but her sacrifice meant she was not able to take part in the finale. Not only did this rob the MCU of one final team-up shot with the original Avengers, but it also kept Black Widow out of Avengers: Endgame‘s A-Force moment. Black Widow’s Avengers: Secret Wars return would give Marvel a chance to rectify these mistakes.
Black Widow’s Secret Wars Return Can Give Her A Proper Sendoff
Marvel can give Black Widow the sendoff she deserves with a return in Avengers: Secret Wars too. The MCU could bring Scarlett Johansson back as a version of Natasha Romanoff through the multiverse and then be an important piece in defeating Kang. This would certainly be an emotional return for some MCU characters, such as Hulk, Hawkeye, and Yelena. While the version of Black Widow in Secret Wars might not be the same one who sacrificed her life to defeat Thanos, Marvel could still use her return to have other heroes recognize Natasha as one of the MCU’s greatest heroes and thank her once again for putting her life on the line to save them.
Black Widow’s Secret Wars return could also be an opportunity for Marvel to rectify the mistakes made with how Scarlett Johansson exited the MCU. Avengers: Endgame did not take a lot of time to acknowledge her death, leaving it up to Black Widow and Hawkeye to try and give her justice. Meanwhile, the lawsuit between Disney and Johansson created a big distraction around Black Widow‘s release and clouded the actress’ final appearance. A return in Avengers: Secret Wars can fix this and give other characters a chance to say goodbye to Black Widow before she returns to her other universe.
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