While Marvel fans were wowed by the spectacle of Avengers: Endgame, many were outraged by the treatment that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) was given in the movie.
Despite the fact that the Avenger had sacrificed her life for the sake of the time-traveling mission in the film, Natasha Romanoff never got a proper funeral, not like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) who received a formal burial at the end of the film.
Speaking in an interview with Empire, Black Widow director Cate Shortland discusses this oversight, explaining that the lack of funeral actually works for the character.
"In Endgame, the fans were upset that Natasha did not have a funeral. Whereas Scarlett, when I spoke to her about it, said Natasha wouldn’t have wanted a funeral," Shortland told the entertainment news outlet.
According to the filmmaker, the feelings of grief that fans felt for Natasha in Endgame will be finally addressed in her film, allowing for a better ending for the character.
"So what we did in this film was allow the ending to be the grief the individuals felt, rather than a big public outpouring. I think that's a fitting ending for her,” Shortland said.
We hope that Black Widow does become a fitting final film for Natasha. Black Widow has been one of the pillars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – it would be remiss for the studio to fail the character twice.
Black Widow is set to premiere on November 6, 2020.