If these comments are true, MCU may not be done with Natasha Romanoff yet, while Feige says: “Marvel is always about new beginnings, and Scarlett Johansson is such a great partner for us. She was the producer of this film. She was the one who brought us our amazing director, Cate Shortland, and I’m excited to continue working with her in every possible way if we’m so lucky. “
These feelings are hardly surprising, as Johansson is one of the longest-running MCU-heavy. “Black Widow” is the ninth time she appears as the hard-as-nails and emotionally conflicting Romanoff who first appeared opposite Robert Downey Jr. in 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” She was without a doubt the best part of the divisive offering and has continued to be a welcome MCU presence. Given the fateful events in “Avengers: Endgame,” the character’s return seemed unlikely at best, if not downright impossible.
As for “Black Widow”, the film is set long before “Endgame”, which unfolds in the space between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War”, which explains Romanoff’s “return”. If Feige has plans for future returns, we have to imagine that they would come in a similar way, even though the recent additions of timeline variants (see “Loki”) and teasing of multiverse shenanigans are coming (see “Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness “) means that Romanoff’s return could come in a dramatically different way. Whatever the case, we should all consider ourselves lucky if the character does not reappear.