When it came time to deliver to Scarlett Johansson the news that the character she played for nine years was going to die, only one person could make the call. Johansson told BBC Radio 1 that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was the one who let her know about Natasha’s fate, and she admitted he seemed kind of sad about being the one to tell her. “I think he was nervous to tell me and sad about it, saying something along the lines of, ‘We all expected that there would have to be some big sacrifices,'” said Johansson.
As far as handling the news, Johansson took it rather well. “It didn’t surprise me that that was a choice that Nat would have made. I knew that she had to feel at peace with that decision and that she was doing it out of love,” she said. “It had to feel like she was resolved in that decision, and that decision was hers, and that it wasn’t something that was happening to her because so much of her life has happened to her.”
While it might have been hard to say goodbye to Natasha, Johansson was happy with how she went out: saving the entire universe. Is there a better way to go?
“Black Widow” is currently playing in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.