Black Widow Deleted Scene Reveals A Major Problem With The MCU

A Black Widow deleted scene showing Natasha escaping from Ross was essential to the story, and that’s a problem for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

One Black Widow deleted scene was an essential part of the story, and there’s a reason that’s a significant problem for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Black Widow, Marvel reveals Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) history with the Red Room, showing the assassin training program brainwashing her as a child. The film also explores Romanoff’s backstory, showing she was once part of a secret operation in the United States. While in the US, she posed as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Melina Vostokoff’s (Rachel Weisz) daughter. Yelena Belova (played later by Florence Pugh) acted as her pseudo-sister. Despite the foursome not having a blood relation, they all became family.


Marvel includes an odd time gap in Black Widow. During the film, Romanoff reunites with her former fake family, and they all band together to bring down the Red Room, which is still training Black Widow assassins. Following the destruction of the Red Room, Romanoff’s fake family and the surviving Black Widow assassins escape to safety, and Romanoff stays behind, awaiting the arrival of Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) and his troops. They are out to arrest her for violations against the Sokovia Accords. However, the scene cuts off. In the next moment, Romanoff is getting a plane from her friend Rick Mason (O-T Fagbenle), and fans are left wondering how she escaped.

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A Black Widow deleted scene finally explains the time gap. The scene picks up where Black Widow leaves off, with Ross arriving to capture Romanoff. She gives herself up in the scene and explains that she destroyed the Red Room. A giant structure falling from the sky is all the proof Ross needs. Eventually, Ross puts her in the back of a vehicle, and Romanoff said she acted alone for the Red Room’s demise. Ross acknowledges that Romanoff saved the world but says it’s “impossible” to know which side she’s on. At one point, Romanoff stops responding to Ross, and he turns to see she’s escaped. The scene covers how Romanoff got away and exposes a major Marvel problem.

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Marvel is more concerned with its sprawling connected universe than it is with individual stories. For example, everything about the Black Widow scene showing Romanoff’s escape from Ross is essential. Without it, there’s no explanation for how Romanoff gets away. However, the studio cut the scene anyway. And Marvel doesn’t care. Time and time again, Marvel sacrifices individual stories to fit into the larger puzzle. After all, why should the studio explain essential plot points when it can do it later and create an all-new revenue stream in a spinoff show or movie? Besides Black Widow’s escape, another example is Captain America’s (Chris Evans) journey to return the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame. Fans have to assume he returned the stones successfully and wait for Marvel to fill them in on what happened at a time to be determined.

In the end, the Black Widow omission is just confusing. Director Cate Shortland previously explained the missing scene by saying it was intentional “to leave the question of how she would get away.” But, of course, there is no question of how Black Widow got away because Marvel already filmed it. The studio just chose to cut it out. The MCU is the most successful movie and TV franchise in entertainment history, so it can pretty much do what it wants. However, despite its massive success, its individual stories still matter. So though Marvel gets away with it, it still doesn’t make sense to leave out Romanoff’s getaway.

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