The Writers Explain Why a Character’s Death in AVENGERS: ENDGAME Can’t Be Undone


Avengers: Endgame gave us all sorts of exciting joyful moments as well as sad moments. Favorite characters do die in this movie and if you haven’t seen it yet, Don’t read any further.

During a recent interview with Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely they reveal that they considered killing off another major character instead of the one that was ultimately killed.

In the movie, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) sacrificed herself for the Soul Stone on Vormir. Hawkeye (Jeremey Renner) didn’t make that sacrifice easy for her, but in the end, she got her way, and it was really the only way it should have gone down. But, they did discuss killing off Hawkeye!

While talking to the New York Times, McFreely was asked if Clint Barton’s sacrifice was a possible outcome, and he responded with:

“There was, for sure. Jen Underdahl, our visual effects producer, read an outline or draft where Hawkeye goes over. And she goes, ‘Don’t you take this away from her.’ I actually get emotional thinking about it.”

Markus added:

“And it was true, it was him taking the hit for her. It was melodramatic to have him die and not get his family back. And it is only right and proper that she’s done.”

So, if the visual effects supervisor didn’t speak up Hawkeye might have been the one who died! It makes sense for him to live, though, after all, he does have a family that he needs to take care of!

McFeely went on to explain, “Her journey, in our minds, had come to an end if she could get the Avengers back. She comes from such an abusive, terrible, mind-control background, so when she gets to Vormir and she has a chance to get the family back, that’s a thing she would trade for.”

They also say that her death cannot be undone, she is gone for good, and he explained that it is because it was part of the “everlasting exchange” for the Soul Stone. SO if you think Black Widow can come back… the answer is NO, she won’t come back.

The way the scene on Vormir played out, though, was perfectly executed. It was very emotional to see Black Widow die because I’m a big fan of her, but, in the end, it was the correct choice and her offering was just as strong as the sacrifice Tony Stark made.

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