The One Regret 'Avengers: Endgame' Writers Have About Black Widow's Death

"That’s the downside."

Avengers: Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus were given a seemingly impossible task of wrapping up ten years of the MCU (thus far) as well as the storylines of the six original Avengers.

While they received mostly high praise for what they were able to create, the film was slammed for the way it killed off Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow, who sacrificed herself on Vormir to save Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and the rest of the universe.

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Fans believed she had been ‘fridged’ – a term for the comic book trope where a woman dies to further the hero’s motivations and story – because she didn’t have children or a partner and was, therefore ‘less worthy’ than Hawkeye.

One of the biggest gripes fans had with the film was that after Black Widow died, she didn’t receive any kind of grand goodbye similar to Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man or Chris Evans’ Captain America.

And it turns out McFeely has his own gripes with it too.

Speaking with Vanity Fair, McFeely said he had one huge regret about Black Widow’s death, “She jumps on the grenade. I’m really proud of that moment. I don’t have any regrets.

“The only regret is that it comes at the end of Act Two. So you can’t really roll around in the grief because we’ve got another hour of movie and we haven’t solved the A-plot problem. So that’s the downside.”

Black Widow’s death occurs halfway through the three-hour film and the writers couldn’t find a place to give fans a chance to grieve over the character and by the time the end of the film rolled around only Iron Man and Cap were given a farewell that perfectly closed their story arcs (which were also told through their own trilogies…).

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McFeely said that they looked into having Hawkeye make the sacrifice, but the women on the crew asked them not to “rob her of this”. If he had died she would have felt like she failed him and herself.

While we’re happy we’re finally getting a standalone Black Widow movie next year, it would have been great to see more of her character earlier on as she is one of the founding members of the Avengers and we know so little about her background.

Johansson has revealed that filming Black Widow gave her the closure that Endgame couldn’t give her.

The actress appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and spoke about the film, saying, “I’m so excited about it. I can’t wait to share it with everybody. It was fantastic. I mean, I’m partial, but I’m pretty excited.”

“It was honestly, it brought a closure to me that I needed. Because I was kind of wiped out of that last one [Endgame]. I mean, emotionally and literally.”

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She explained that she’d come to terms with her character’s end, “There’s very few certain things, but death’s pretty certain. But people definitely don’t believe it and have tried to convince me that my character did not actually die, that it exists in a different universe, but I did die.”

Black Widow will be set earlier in the MCU – after Captain America: Civil War (2016) and before Infinity War (2018).

Black Widow is set for release in May 2020.

'Joker' Director Todd Phillips Reveals The 'Real Truth' About Those Sequel Rumours

Don't get too excited just yet!

It was reported earlier this week by THR that Todd Phillips was negotiating with Warner Bros. to return for a Joker sequel and was “likely” to retest with Joaquin Phoenix (who has previously stated he’s keen to examine more of Arthur Fleck’s storyline), however, it seems as though those reports are nothing more than rumours.

Phillips had made it very clear from the get-go that Joker was a standalone movie and wouldn’t be making a sequel no matter how much fans wanted it, however, things changed when the movie crossed the $1 billion mark and became the most successful R-rated movie of all time.

Now, the director has the power to tell the next Joker story if he actually wants to, but now he’s telling the “real truth” about the story and it seems we shouldn’t get too excited just yet.

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Speaking with IndieWire, Phillips addressed the rumours and said, “Here’s the real truth about a sequel. While Joaquin and I have talked about it, and while touring the world with Warner Bros executives — going to Toronto, and Venice, and other places — of course, we’re sitting at dinner and they’re saying, ‘So, have you thought about…?’

“But, talking about contracts, there’s not a contract for us to even write a sequel, we’ve never approached Joaquin to be in a sequel. Will that happen? Again, I just think the article was anticipatory at best.”

So, no official talks have actually taken place and Joker 2 isn’t likely to happen at this stage.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t be swayed at some point in the future – Phillips didn’t say he definitely wouldn’t make the film.

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The director has previously revealed that he and Phoenix have discussed potential sequel ideas while they were filming and with the success of the film, Warner Bros would likely want a sequel to be made.

After all, we’re still getting a Suicide Squad sequel and that movie was terrible. But it made enough money that the studio wanted to give it another try.

So, who knows what will happen, but it does seem more likely than not that we’ll see Phoenix as Arthur Fleck once more.

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