There’s no official word about “Black Widow 2” yet, but one thing is reasonably certain: Scarlett Johansson is unlikely to appear in the potential sequel … or, for that matter, any future MCU project. Natasha dies during the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” so barring another “Black Widow” movie set in the past — or maybe an alternate universe — it would require some serious screenwriting shenanigans to bring her back. Johansson has also essentially confirmed that “Black Widow” is the last time she portrays Natasha.
“I feel really happy with the work that we’ve done for this decade of time,” she told Comicbook.com. “And, you know, it’s bittersweet to say, ‘Goodbye,’ but if you love something, you need to set it free!” Even though she didn’t actually spell it out, that certainly sounds like a farewell.
Of course, superheroes are notorious for coming back to life whenever the plot demands, so never say never. However, in the interest of pure speculation, it should be noted that even if Natasha Romanoff has indeed left the building for good, it doesn’t necessarily rule out a future sequel to “Black Widow.” After all, the movie takes some pains to telegraph Florence Pugh’s Yelena as Natasha’s successor in the MCU. Despite the differences in their personalities, Natasha and Yelena are basically each other’s mirror, and Pugh absolutely nails her role. The “Black Widow” post-credits scene also confirms plenty of MCU action for Natasha’s younger “sister” in the future, so while it’s probably a good few years away, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to see her star in a “Black Widow” movie of her own one day.
“Black Widow” is now playing in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.