The MCU is one of the biggest superhero franchises in history. With over twenty films, countless interesting characters, and so much source material to pull from, it's no question as to why. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories, and when it comes to the MCU there are certainly a lot of them. From questions unanswered to character quirks, we managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding Black Widow.
Which Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow fan theory do you think is most believable? Vote up your favorites below!
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Nebula Suggested Natasha And Clint For The Soul Stone Because She Knew They Cared For Each OtherPhoto: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/MrMortsnarg:
How big of a coincidence it was that Clint and Natasha were the two people to get the Soul Stone. The Soul Stone requires someone to sacrifice the one they love most, in this case Clint reluctantly sacrificing Natasha. I wouldn't call those two going there a coincidence. Nebula was the only remaining Avenger that knew how to get the Soul Stone. In the 5 year gap, we see that her and Rocket were in regular contact with Natasha; while Natasha was still trying to find Clint. My theory, which admittedly isn't very groundbreaking, is that Nebula suggested that Clint and Natasha fetch the Soul Stone, since she witnessed how close they were. They are two of the perfect candidates to retrieve it.
Lots of people have brought up that Nebula didn't know how to retrieve the Soul Stone. This is admittedly an assumption on my part that she did. In my defense though, she processes Gamora's death as "He took her to Vormir. He came back with the Soul Stone. She didn't." I read that line as Nebula realizing the sacrifice that had to be made. Tony heard it too. "Whatever it takes"Interesting fan theory?
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Hulk Knew He Couldn’t Bring Back Natasha Because He Met Her In The Soul WorldPhoto: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/Crispworthy:
Think about it..... we’ve only seen the soul stone used a couple of times; Thanos wiping out half the universe... and as soon as he does that, he has a moment in the soul world with the one he loves (Gamora: “did you do it?” etc) When the Hulk used it to bring everyone back. When Iron Man used it to get rid of Thanos and his army. We then see in a ‘deleted scene’ that Tony has a conversation in the soul world with his loved one (his daughter, all grown up).
So, going back to number two: doesn’t it make sense that Hulk got to meet his loved one in the soul world after he used the stones? Especially when we consider that he told Cap that he tried to bring her back. How does he know he didn’t!? Everyone appeared exactly where they were when they were dusted, maybe she came back to life there! But no, Hulk KNOWS she didn’t... how could he KNOW? Did Dr Strange go to Vormir and see if she was around? It’s possible, but did he chat to Hulk about it? Also, consider that Thanos meets Gamora in the soul world; because her soul maybe lives there now due to the sacrifice. The same could be said for Nat?Interesting fan theory?
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Natasha Was Steve's First Kiss Since Peggy CarterPhoto: Captain America: The Winter Solider / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/Cynical-Sam:
On the car ride to Camp Leigh Natasha asks Steve if their kiss at the mall was his first one since 1945. Although Steve claims it wasn't evidence points towards the alternative. Captain America was defrosted in 2011, although it had been nearly seventy years since the plane crash, to him it feels like only yesterday. This means that he probably hasn't completely gotten over Peggy and most likely wouldn't start dating again for a little while. Keep in mind by 2014, during the events of the Winter Soldier, he was only just starting to get back into the dating business when he asks Sharon out for coffee, which she rejects. To me it seems unlikely that there would be any woman between this timeframe of 2011-2014 as not only would he have to get over Peggy but he would also have to juggle working with shield, catching up on what he missed, and fighting alongside his fellow Avengers. Are we really supposed to believe that he did all of this while dating (keeping in mind that he is notoriously slow on making the first move), I don't think so. One theory is that this supposed kiss was between him and Peggy after he returned. I doubt this to be the case however as she has gotten married and has aged much faster than Cap, not to mention in the scene that we see between the two of them there was no hint of romantic chemistry between them anymore.Interesting fan theory?
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The Avengers Gave Natasha A Private FuneralPhoto: The Avengers / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/doowgad1:
Why the Black Widow's death was 'forgotten' in Endgame. Natasha had dozens, if not hundreds of enemies who would happily drop an Atom Bomb on her funeral, on the off chance that it would hurt her in the afterlife. Clint knew this, and instead brought together a few of her closest friends in secret. They drank a toast and Clint told the story of how she died. He then told them that they had to find another dozen or so friends and re-tell the tale. I especially like the idea of Dr. Strange and T'Challah cracking a bottle with Peter Parker and his friends.Interesting fan theory?