There’s a seeming continuity error in Avengers: Infinity War. Although it also might not be, and if so, it could have a direct impact on Black Widow.
One of the most emotionally overwhelming scenes in Avengers: Endgame was the death of Black Widow. Natasha Romanoff has been a fixture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since she was introduced in Iron Man 2 in 2009 and seeing her go after a decade as the MCU’s most recurring heroine was heartbreaking. While we are very happy to see her again in the upcoming Black Widow film, fans still hope that Marvel will find a way to revive her role for the post-endgame. Well, the likelihood of this happening might be stronger than you think, and it may be compatible with the plot, which at first glance may seem like a continuity error.
In Infinity War, Thanos goes to Vormir to achieve the Soul Stone, where he was told that he had to sacrifice the person he loved to get it. Gamora initially offered to sacrifice herself, but Thanos stopped her, arguing that her suicide would be a sacrifice on her part and not himself. Thanos killed her, in order to get the stone. According to this theory, it is actually against the Black Widow and Hawkeye’s trip to Vormir. We see Black Widow killing herself in this scenario, though Hawkeye is still gifted a Soul Stone. So, it’s not much to assume she’s not actually dead.
Instead of dying, her soul moved, perhaps in stone or in another plane of existence. When Bruce Banner told him, he tried to get her back but couldn’t, and maybe it was because she wasn’t really dead. She’s probably in some sort of limbo arena.
Furthermore, we are not entirely aware of Natasha’s relationship with Soul Stone. She knows more about what “sacrifice” really means on her part, and Hawkeye didn’t, and maybe her upcoming movie will shed some light on this. Although it is confirmed that the events of the film take place in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, the film examines the character’s original story and ultimately clarifies her role as a Russian spy.
Russian involvement in World War II meant that they indeed made contact with Hydra. The Soviet authorities were also tainted by their agency (just as the Americans were), and they may have done more research on Soul Stone from the deal with the Red Skull. Maybe Natasha could reveal more about the Soul Stone, and she deliberately gave her life in the endgame, knowing she wouldn’t die. In that case, we can expect that the post-credits scene in Black Widow hints for Natasha’s future film.
We know, there are some things about this theory that are a bit problematic. If she knew it was safe to sacrifice herself, why didn’t she tell Hawkeye about it? They certainly don’t have to deal with that suicidal hassle, which was great to see. Maybe Red Skull could have stopped them from acquiring the stone if he felt that Black Widow was breaking the rules. Perhaps that’s also why the stone gifted itself to Hawkeye, as his grief was real, even if Natasha’s death wasn’t.
This is probably a distant theory, but this is about Marvel we are talking about here, so logic and science have little influence on storytelling. If the revival of Natasha works at the level of the story and is decided as a way to appease the fans, then fans’ joys no bound. At present, we are grateful that Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role in this long-awaited solo outing. If this proves the character swan song for MCU, she’s definitely leaving with a certified bang!
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow is scheduled for release on Nov. 6.