– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post may contain spoilers for Avengers 4.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be slated to continue until the end of time, but 2019 still seems to be a year where great change will rock the moviescape. That year will see the release of Avengers 4, the culmination of over a decade of films, stories, and memorable characters. For years, fans have speculated it would resulted in either the death or retirement of some beloved heroes, and in a new extensive Vanity Fair piece, that idea only seems to be driven home all the more.

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Here is a telling line from the piece:

“After Avengers 4, an ambitious multi-franchise crossover movie slated for release in 2019, at least some of the original characters who sit at the center of the billion-dollar Avengers team will be hanging up their capes and shields.”

But who is set to get the chop after all these years? There was no confirmation (those Marvel Studios folk are notoriously tightlipped), but there was a comment from actress Scarlett Johansson (who plays the fan favorite Black Widow) that could be very telling. Here’s what she had to say:

“I feel a lot of joy for the next generation. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but a positive one.”

It’s hard not to read into that comment. Is she implying that we’ll be seeing the last of Black Widow in the upcoming Avengers film, or is she speaking in general regarding some of the other characters who may be nearing the end? It’s hard to say. But for the first time in the MCU, it’s not just Hawkeye’s head who’s on the chopping block.

How would you feel about Black Widow getting killed off in Avengers 4? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair

  • Lenin1959

    Black Widow bites the bullet to save another Avenger (Hawkeye maybe – a father and family man who actually prefers to stay at home instead of shooting arrows at super villains and aliens) – I guess this is how they will write her out of the franchise. Hawkeye might exit the Avengers after this happens to make BW’s sacrifice count and honor her. Would be a great farewell to a good character. Cap will hang it up with Winter Soldier taking over, Iron Man might prefer to have a lot of spare time with Pepper Potts. Thor might take over the throne from Odin, maybe with Loki also sacrificing his life for his brother. They might keep Hulk or maybe Banner finds a cure? We will see. To me, these are mostly the Marvel heroes I know and can identify with, so the new generation will have to work their asses off to make me watch Marvel after Avengers 4. Black Panther, you are my only hope (/Leia)! 😉

    • TheOct8pus

      Quicksilver already died to save Hawkeye (whom we had just learned was a family man etc.) in Age of Ultron, so I don’t think Black Widow will go out saving him again…. if she dies, it’ll probably be in an equally meaningful fashion. They better introduce another hot chick to the team, or they may lose a few audience members

      • Lenin1959

        Captain Marvel – in stiletto and suspenders. Sorry, was that sexist? Okay, make her as ugly as possible.

        • TheOct8pus

          I’m 100% down with that

  • jonathing

    just do it like the comics/death never forever. different character plays dead/ retired hero/heroine

  • Kronx

    No one wants to go see a film that wipes out a bunch of Avengers.

    I would imagine a “soft” retirement for the original members, with the possibility of future projects remaining.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Tony becomes bankrupt after the reality gem zaps him. He can no longer keep up his cost of living without being a war profiteer. He sells his suits to Hammer to cover his losses. Pepper leaves him for a secretive billionaire who goes by the name Wayne.
    Spiderman gets detention and has to sit the next battle out.
    War Machine tries to start a new team called the Rhode Dogs, he is still awaiting any takers.
    Widow cleans the blood out of her ledger by sacrificing herself for a bystander who’s name is Victor Von Doom.
    Hawkeye retires after Nick Fury replaces him with Matt Damon.
    Hulk decides to just walk the Earth like Cain in Kung Fu. Nick calls him a bum. He does get his cool 70’s them back.
    Ant-Man takes over the Avengers, but is ill prepared for the task. He makes Black Panther do all of his thinking.
    Black Panther’s birthday party is interrupted when a fight breaks out between one of his guests and a stranger named Gump.
    Guardians of the Galaxy bury Rocket in an unmarked garbage can. Drax was obliterated by Thanos when he tried to fight him with a dagger. Groot mourns Rocket with maple tears of sap.
    Scarlett Witch meets a bald man in a wheelchair who wants to talk about the Mutant Initiative.
    Vision continues to be dead from Thanos ripping the gem from his head.
    Thor and Loki open up a leather shop in Arizona. There are out of business in a weeks time.
    Falcon joins the Thunderbolts out of spite for not getting Cap’s shield.
    Coulson and gang act like they aren’t butthurt about not being invited to save the Earth. Something something Inhumans posed a bigger threat at the time.
    Everyone is still reeling about the badass Defenders cameo. (I can wish)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.