While we’ve only been given hints at Black Widow’s full backstory from her introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has long been known that she is trying to atone for her past actions. She has done wrong and has been trying to make up for it the entire time which we’ve known her both as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and later as an Avenger. Ever since 2012’s ‘The Avengers’ film, the most poignant line which Natasha Romanoff has delivered is “I’ve got red in my ledger.”
When it comes to her death, co-director Joe Russo first stated that “Death is not always a bad thing. It can be a noble end. And it can be spiritual, and it can be heroic. If you sacrifice yourself for billions, it would seem to be a powerful ending to your story.” With Natasha giving her life to save billions on Earth, it feels that she has found a way not only to keep Hawkeye safe and reunite him with his family but truly make the world a better place.
Markus added to this that:
“And for a character who has been trying to ‘erase the red in her ledger,” to use Joss’s phrase, this is the final erasure. That’s what the arc for all these folks is, right? That she went from guilty to erasing all this… I can’t think of a better endpoint.”
We’ve seen many of the heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe come full circle thanks to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and this feels like they were able to deliver a painful yet satisfying goodbye to Natasha as well. Thankfully, we’ll still have one last outing with her in ‘Black Widow’ even if the events took place before her death and Scarlet Johansson won’t be appearing again in a Marvel Studios film short of flashbacks.
Do you feel that Natasha’s sacrifice was able to erase the red in her ledger by the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame’? Would you have preferred she stay around for future MCU movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
Source: Comic Book