One of the biggest deaths in 'Avengers: Endgame' was barely on fans' radars

Marvel StudiosCaptain Marvel, Black Widow, War Machine, Thor, Captain America, and Rocket in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’
  • Warning: Major spoilers ahead for “Avengers: Endgame.”
  • Before its premiere, INSIDER surveyed 760 Marvel fans to find out who they believed was most likely going to die in the fourth “Avengers” film.
  • Less than 10% of respondents predicted the death of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson).
  • Out of the surviving heroes from “Infinity War,” about 24% of fans said they’d be most upset to see her killed off.
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Before the highly anticipated premiere of “Avengers: Endgame,” INSIDER polled 760 Marvel fans to see who they thought was the most likely to die in Marvel’s biggest blockbuster yet.

Interestingly, it seems like Black Widow barely registered as an option. Regardless of how the question was phrased, less than 10% of respondents predicted her untimely death.

Out of the 16 surviving characters from the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” fans overwhelmingly chose Captain America and Iron Man as the most likely to die. Only 9.6% chose Black Widow, seeing her as the least likely to die out of all six original Avengers.

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When asked to select five characters who were most likely to die, either living or dead at the end of “Infinity War,” only 5.7% chose Black Widow. When asked to select only one, 1.6% chose Black Widow.

Black widow avengers endgameMarvel StudiosScarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, in ‘Endgame.’

Black Widow’s unexpected death preceded the film’s climactic third act, just before the Avengers finished their “time heist” and reassembled in the present. She sacrificed herself for Hawkeye on the planet Vormir, allowing him to get the Soul Stone.

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If most fans were blindsided by the twist, that makes sense. It’s been widely reported that Marvel is developing a Black Widow solo movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scarlett Johansson landed a $US15 million payday to star as the titular role.

Of course, since we’ve been given little information about Black Widow’s origins, it was always possible that her first solo outing would be a prequel. Now, that seems more definite.

But how much will fans care?

Which avengers would you be sad to see die in endgame poll graphicYutong Yuan/InsiderNote: 150 respondents chose to skip this question in our survey.

When asked to choose up to five of the surviving heroes from “Infinity War,” only about 24% said they’d be most upset to see Black Widow killed off.

Interestingly, the three characters who dominated that response are the only three who have starred in their own solo trilogies: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans).

Maybe a Black Widow solo film will make her death feel more tragic in retrospect.

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