MINOR SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME ARE AHEAD.
The Russo Brothers have been hammering the interview circuit and dropping Avengers: Endgame tidbits throughout the press rounds and we’ve been playing catch-up.
In the latest interview with Slate, Anthony Russo revealed an unused plot point in Avengers: Endgame that would have seen Natasha heading up an organization overseeing the orphans post-snap.
SLATE: The one that I saw you definitely address in the movie, because you had to, and it was an interesting way to go, is the environmental aspect. So whales, just looking at bees and insects … and that was also something Thanos explicitly cited: saving humanity by killing half of all life. But were there any other aspects you wanted to take a crack at? About what would really happen if we undid this whole thing after five years?
ANTHONY: “One thing that we talked about a lot—and I thought was really profound, but it was almost too large of an idea for us to wrangle, but we did try for a while—is just the idea that one-quarter of all children have no parents. Assuming you started with two parents. So that’s a lot of global orphans. Just the staggering number of that. I believe at one point really early in development, Black Widow was actually leading the organization in D.C. that was in charge of orphans, basically. That was what she was heading up five years later. But yes, it’s fascinating when you start running it down.”
This certainly brings up a heartbreaking angle about the snap that wasn’t covered in the film and I think would be even more depressing, but would give Natasha an important pursuit as she would seemingly still want to help people just in a different way. Yet, I’m not entirely sure if you would have seen her sacrifice if she had all those kids relying on her back home.
Scarlett Johansson will be back in the Black Widow role soon as her solo movie directed by Cate Shortland is looking to be released next year as filming will be taking place at Pinewood Studios UK with a cast that includes Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and O-T Fagbenle.