Everybody’s loving Black Widow, but if there’s one criticism being heard a lot it’s that Marvel should’ve given us a solo movie for Scarlett Johansson ages ago, as now it’s kind of a downer that this film could be the final time we see Natasha Romanoff in the MCU, following her death in Avengers: Endgame. But we should know by now that death isn’t final in this universe, and it’s possible Marvel is cooking up a way to bring Scarlett Johansson back for more.
According to our reliable sources – the same ones who told us Captain America 4 was happening with Anthony Mackie before that was confirmed – the studio has plans to get ScarJo back in the franchise by way of the multiverse. By the sounds of it, then, Marvel is going to stick with their controversial decision to have Nat sacrifice herself for Hawkeye in Endgame and isn’t going to be reversing it anytime soon. However, an alternate Black Widow could feature thanks to the MCU finally opening its doors to the idea of alternate universes.
After being teased in the likes of Spider-Man: Far From Home and WandaVision, the multiverse is officially coming in a big way over the next two years. Loki‘s plowing the field for it, with What If…?, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2 properly mining the concept for all it’s worth. We’re not expecting to see Johansson turn up in any of these projects, but it’s possible she could feature in another multiversal outing arriving at a later date.
It’s worth noting that our sources only said Marvel plans to bring ScarJo back and didn’t specify that she would reprise Black Widow, which may mean something or may not. What If..? will introduce various mismatched characters – like Black Panther as Star-Lord, for instance – so it’s feasible they could convince the star to return by allowing her to play a different Avenger. Maybe Johansson would like a stab at being, say, the Hulk?
Or maybe she could reappear as a Natasha variant who’s very close to the one we knew. Who knows what Kevin Feige’s dreaming up. For now, you can catch Black Widow in theaters and on Disney Plus.