Black Widow, a caregiver of orphaned children? Almost.
During a recent interview on the Slate podcast “The Gist,” filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that in an early draft of “Avengers: Endgame,” Black Widow didn’t run the spy agency after the film’s five-year jump, but instead was caring for orphaned children.
“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,” director Anthony Russo said.
“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,” Joe added.
Marvel Studios has a solo Black Widow movie on the way next year. Although we don’t actually know anything firm about the movie yet, a prequel seems like the most logical answer. A Black Widow origin story would be a strange concept to go with since she’s dead in the present, especially since Scarlett Johansson is set to star in the film, which would mean just de-aging her like Samuel L. Jackson in “Captain Marvel.”