Black Widow: Deleted Alternate Ending Might be a Perfect Goodbye

With the Black Widow movie finally behind us, we have seen a full fledged launch of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie did extremely well at the box-office, earning over $315 million worldwide. The movie saw Natasha Romanoff aka the Black Widow confront the darker parts of her ledger and battle a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha has to deal with her dark past and revisit relationships broken long before she became an Avenger. The film also features Florence Pugh as Yelena Beleova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov or the red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. It saw the introduction of many Marvel Comics characters to the MCU. Namely, the Red Guardian, Yelena Belova, the Taskmaster and also set up Yelena’s potential appearance in the Hawkeye series through the post credits.

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Speaking of credits, the movie ended with Natasha (now sporting her Infinity War look) meeting up with Mason (O.T. Fagbenle) to collect the Quinjet that we later see in Infinity War, before setting off to reunite with Steve Rogers and the others. However, what’s surprising is that this wasn’t the original ending that was planned. Read on to find out about the alternate ending to the movie.


Black Widow’s recently-emerged deleted scene reveals an alternate ending to the movie. The scene sees Natasha come back to Ohio where she spent her more normal years with her first family. In retrospect, this would have been a much better scene to end it with as compared to the final one, although it makes sense to include it considering the continuity and was an effective way to set up Nat's subsequent adventures. 

However, since it was Scarlett Johansson's final MCU film, it would've been more impactful seeing her go back to Ohio and have her soak in the memories, in addition to being a feel-good factor. As to the reason why this scene wasn’t included, one ,major reason that comes to mind is the runtime. The standalone movie ran for about 2 hours and 14 minutes, so they may have needed to leave some scenes out of the theatrical cut. You can watch the deleted scene below.

This article is contributed by Pranav.

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