"So after we committed to the idea of her death, [we focused on] figuring out how it was going to be most meaningful and resonate," director Joe Russo maintained.
The co-writer of 'Avengers: Endgame', Stephen McFeely clarifies a misconception about Black Widow sacrificing herself on Vormir wholly to save the family of best friend Hawkeye. On the commentary track of Endgame, he said, "We should probably talk about how this is the first major female character of the Marvel [Cinematic] Universe. We did not make this decision lightly. She’s not fighting to save Clint’s family. I’ve seen some people say that he has a family, and therefore... That’s not it at all. She’s fighting to save her family.”
Since Black Widow cannot have any biological children of her own, she considered The Avengers as her family, including those who were killed five years earlier when Thanos successfully snapped away half of all living beings from the Universe. McFeely and co-writer Christopher Markus have also explained earlier that the death of family man Hawkeye would have been “tragic,” but Black Widow is the one to ultimately make the sacrifice herself to win the Soul Stone was considered to be extremely heroic and a more satisfying act.
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Markus told SYFY WIRE at San Diego Comic-Con, "With Clint, it would be a tragic beat because he wants to get back with his family and it would deny him that. With Natasha, it’s sad, but it’s a deeply heroic beat. That this is what she’s been fighting for. She went from red in her ledger to the absolute peak of heroism. You have to go to her every time. It’s a bigger, more satisfying, more monumental story beat. With Clint, it’s just sort of like, ‘Oh, that’s...’”
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That particular scene went through a lot of revisions including scrapping an attack on Black Widow and Hawkeye from Thanos’ forces, to get it right. The director of the movie, Joe Russo, in a conversation with Backstory Magazine, said, "Black Widow’s the sole female member of the original Avengers, which is an extremely important thing for us and for fans. So after we committed to the idea of her death, [we focused on] figuring out how it was going to be most meaningful and resonate.”