– 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

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.