Marvel has left an emotional void in the hearts of every Avengers fan after they decided to bid farewell to two beloved characters from its universe, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The superheroes were killed off the plot in Avengers: Endgame to resurrect half of the universe back into existence.
Now, while we have seen Johansson playing her iconic role in the 2021 prequel ‘Black Widow’, Downey’s Tony Stark has not made a return to the big screen since his bone-chilling declaration, “I am Iron Man.” However, what if I were to reveal the possibility of these two fan-favorite characters making a comeback in a new Avengers installment?
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Is Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson returning to the MCU?
While the characters appeared to have taken a permanent departure from the Marvel universe, their possibility to show up never truly faded away. According to Variety, Marvel Studios is in talks of reuniting “the original gang” for a future Avengers movie, which includes the potential return of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
This revival could take different forms, either metaphorically, by having the actors portray variant versions of their characters, or quite literally, by bringing back Earth-616 Tony Stark and Earth-616 Natasha Romanoff. Chris Evans’ Captain America might also join the cast. However, he will look significantly aged up as per the plot.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
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Scarlett Johansson confirms working with Marvel Studios
While it is hard to predict when we will be seeing Downey’s Tony Stark and Johansson’s Black Widow on screen, the ‘Lucy’ actress has admitted to working with Marvel in the future. In an interview with ComicBook, Johansson confirmed her ongoing collaboration with the Marvel Studios for a future project.
“It is still happening. Yes,” she said. “It is still happening, [but] not currently because nothing is happening right now. We’re all sort of in this holding pattern as we wait out the writers’ strike and potentially our own guild strike, and so on and so forth.”