When it was time to give Scarlett Johansson the news that the character she played for nine years would die, only one person could call. Johansson told BBC Radio 1 that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was the one who let her know about Natasha’s fate, and she admitted that he seemed a little sad to be the one telling her. “I think he was nervous about telling me and sorry, saying something along the lines of, ‘We all expected there to be some big victims,’ Johansson said.
As for the handling of the news, Johansson took it pretty well. “It did not surprise me that it was a choice Nat would have made. I knew she had to feel at peace with that decision and that she did it out of love,” she said. “It had to feel like she was loose in that decision and that the decision was hers and that nothing happened to her because so much of her life has happened to her.”
While it may have been hard to say goodbye to Natasha, Johansson was pleased with how she went about it: saving the entire universe. Is there a better way to go?
“Black Widow” is currently playing in theaters and at Disney + with Premier Access.