The list of heroes that will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War next May feels like it is enormous, being the biggest superhero roster so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The list includes Captain America, Iron Man, Falcon, Vision, War Machine, the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch and, quite possibly the most exciting addition, Spider-Man.
Though it seems amazing to note how many heroes are joining the War, one must start to realize some of them may not make it out alive. After all, you can't have a war without any casualties. There is a very good chance that at least one of our Avengers will bite the dust during Civil War. Who will that be? There is no way to tell yet, but many people are coming up with theories.
One of the biggest theories right now is that we will see Captain America lose his life during the movie, seeing as he died shortly after the War during the comics. However, when one considers that Captain America is confirmed to appear during Avengers: Infinity War, it seems very unlikely that Cap will be one of those who lose their lives during the Civil War.
There have been numerous other theories about who else may die, including Iron Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and even Ant-Man (which was actually a theory by me that you can read here). But when looking at the roster, there is one name that caught my eye as being the one who just might lose their life during the War...
...Black Widow may end up biting the dust during Civil War
I have numerous reasons for this theory. Black Widow is a great character, but I personally do not believe she will last long in the War. Her death may not only make sense within the plot, but it may also help Marvel stay loyal to their fans. To start, let's take a look at what we have already been told about Natasha's role in the film.
Black Widow's story is already set to come to an end
There have been many reports saying that Black Widow's story will be wrapped up during Captain America: Civil War, answering the last of the unanswered questions about her. This makes sense as every movie featuring Natasha up to this point included a bit of background into her character...
- In Iron Man 2, we discovered her occupation and duties at S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In The Avengers, we learned about how she first joined S.H.I.E.L.D. with the help of Hawkeye.
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we learned about her experience with hunting the Winter Soldier.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, we learned her true origin in Russia.
Captain America: Civil War is set to conclude the ever growing back story of Natasha Romanoff. But if Black Widow's story is finally going to end in Civil War, will it be worth keeping her around even if the interesting part of her character is finally emptied out?
Does she even stand a chance in a fight?
Black Widow is one of the weakest of the characters in the film. Does Natasha really stand a chance in a fight with Scarlet Witch or Vision? Natasha may be able to put up a good fight, but when it comes to the truly powerful threats that are now very much a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Natasha's luck may begin to falter.
The powers of the MCU are constantly growing, but Black Widow appears to stay the same. She has no special abilities or particularly powerful weapons; she is basically just another agent. It is safe to say that Natasha's days are numbered if she keeps fighting, especially when considering how dangerous some of her threats have become.
Avoiding the Hulk-Black Widow Relationship
It is also a rather good idea for Marvel to eliminate Black Widow, if not for the reasons above, then to ensure that fans do not riot over the return of the Hulk-Black Widow relationship (or total absence of it). During Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon introduced a romance between Natasha and Bruce Banner, which many fans did not think too fondly of. In fact, many of the Marvel executives were not okay with the relationship either, but Whedon insisted that it be included because it was his project, therefore his decision.
If both of these characters are present during Infinity War and resume their romance, many fans may be angry with this decision because of their disapproval of the couple. The catch is, if both of these characters are present during Infinity War but act like the relationship never existed, it would seem very unrealistic and would make their characters hard to follow. The only logical solution in this case would be to eliminate Black Widow before that happens, specifically during Civil War. This will make it so the vastly disliked relationship between Black Widow and Hulk will not have to be experienced again on screen, thus earning many of Marvel's fans back in time for the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.
Her death's influence on Captain America
Black Widow's death in the film may also play a major part in the plot, specifically for Captain America. Cap and Black Widow are close and even teamed up in the previous Captain America film. With Black Widow set to be siding against Cap, her death may play a pivotal role in his story, making him question why he is fighting and if it is even worth continuing the war.
This is a serious question that was very present in Cap's mind during the comic book version of Civil War that we are likely to see in the movie version as well, especially if the movie follows the comics and has the War end with Cap's surrender. Black Widow's death could add even more emotion to the thought process Captain America goes through during the film and could seriously impact the ending of the movie.
Black Widow's death would not only make sense in terms of her plot ending, but it would also help Marvel avoid more negative responses, help the plot of the film and would physically make sense when considering her low power level. Black Widow may be a cool character, but someone has to die in the War, and there is no one who makes more sense to bite the dust in my opinion than Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow.