New Black Widow theory suggests that Natasha’s family was killed by Thanos, and this adds more weight to her sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame.
Black Widow is the first prequel to the long-running Marvel Cinematic Universe series of films. But why did Marvel choose to release it now? New fan theory suggests that Black Widow adds an emotional context to the events of Avengers: Endgame.
In the endgame, we see Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, dying after sacrificing herself to get the Soul Stone. In doing so, she helps to bring back the billions of people killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Natasha’s sacrifice could have added new meaning if she knew her family had been killed because of the snap.
Black Widow’s family will be introduced in the upcoming film. Rachel Weisz plays Melina Vostokoff, while David Harbour plays Red Guardian, a sort of has-been Russian Captain America. Natasha’s ‘sister’ Yelena Belova, meanwhile, will be played by Florence Pugh.
Melina and Yelena are both Black Widows themselves.
In Avengers: Endgame, Natasha says, “I used to have nothing. And then I got this. This job. This family.” She was referring to the Avengers. If her real family was killed by Thanos, the theory says, it could be one of the reasons why she chose to stick with Steve Rogers.
This would add more depth to the scene in which Hawkeye, who had also lost his family, and Natasha argue about who should sacrifice themselves to retrieve the stone.
Black Widow, directed by Cate Shortland, was slated for release in April but was pushed back because of the ongoing pandemic. A new release date hasn’t been announced.