Avengers: Endgame Directors Share Details Of Cut Black Widow Storyline
Note: This article contains mild spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
Despite being nearly three hours long, not every idea could make its way into Avengers: Endgame – even if the cast were given additional scenes in their scripts to prevent them from dropping spoilers.
One idea in particular that didn't make it into the film concerned Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and her role in the Avengers, after the five-year time jump.
In a recent interview on the Slate podcast The Gist, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that, in an early draft of the film, they initially had Black Widow taking care of orphaned children instead of running the superhero organisation.
"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 – the idea that one-quarter of all children have no parents," said Anthony.
Joe added: "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 organisation 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."
Avengers: Endgame is out now.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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