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Robert Downey Jr. has been removed from Black Widow – lucky!

Written by John Lee

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) deserves a dignified ending. In the cinema, her alter ego Black Widow gets a farewell where Iron Man and Co. can only dream of. In fact, the Marvel spectacle wasn’t always meant to be a swan song for the elite agent: rumor has it that Robert Downey Jr. also a very last appearance as Iron Man. Now it turns out that there is indeed a Script Version with Tony Stark Performance for Black Widow gave.

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Robert Downey Jr. would appear as Iron Man in Black Widow

This has now been revealed by Black Widow co-author Eric Pearson (via Comic ):

I remember that a draft of the script was supposed to include the ending of The First Avenger: Civil War. So Tony Stark should be us [an den Black Widow-Zeitpunkt] remember, along the lines of, “Hey, we’re at the very end of the Civil War.”

Pearson references a scene where Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff argue again at the end of the Avengers Civil War: Romanoff accuses Stark of an inflated ego, he angrily reveals to her that they would now be chased – after all, she helped the renegade part of the heroes escape.

Watch the ending of The First Avenger: Civil War in English here:

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Some Iron Man fans can now mourn wistfully for the missed opportunity of Iron Man’s return after his death in Avengers 4: Endgame. But it’s for several reasons right that the character was not revived for Black Widow.

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Because, as Pearson makes clear, Black Widow’s opening scene wouldn’t have been newly shot scenes: “It was old stuff”he explains. “Robert Downey Jr. Wouldn’t Be” [für neue Szenen] been there.” Leftover leftovers from the Civil War would have been recycled.

MCU fans are right to mourn the death of Iron Man. As one of the two Avengers fathers, he accompanied her for years, evolving from a technological toy to a world savior. But his brilliantly staged, teardrop heroic death two years later jaar torpedoed with a half-baked dialogue scene, just wouldn’t be right. Marvel would rather decorate his grave with flowers than turn him into a zombie.

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Plus, Natasha Romanoff’s Schwanengesang is deliberately a solo film that doesn’t show any other Avengers, aside from the totally screwed up Black Widow credits scene. Finally did not only sacrificed Iron Man for the universe, but also Romanoff.

The Marvel blockbuster is a monument to her – and it should be completely for her, shedding light on her strengths and weaknesses, her dedication and anger, her past and present from front to back. The flying start via Iron Man cable subliminally lowers them to junior partner status, which she has long left behind.

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None of the other Avengers – including Captain America, Thor or the Hulk – should risk stealing the show from her. But there is also one Argument that speaks specifically to Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr. Black Widow return would have ruined the MCU message

Because just in the course of her first appearance in Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was in effect treated like a piece of meat: like some kind of hypersexualized object, long as a Tony Stark’s Macho Sayings Template (“I want one!”) Must serve.

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Black Widow to once again erect a cinema monument after the actual end of the Infinity saga should also be taken as a statement in this context: Marvel wants to show that the Times of chauvinistic condescension and derogatory jokes belong to the past. The studio would have undermined this claim if Tony Stark, of all people, had made the only Avengers appearance in Black Widow with his machismo story.

Marvel hasn’t done enough on that front yet, but they can show their ambition in dealing with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow successor. And even a character like Tony Stark that is difficult in parts has evolved over the years and doesn’t need to remain defined by Iron Man 2. The mourning for him is more than justified. Perhaps it should now be left alone to make way for new heroes.

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