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OPINION–We all saw the Black Widow’s heartwrenching death in Avengers: Endgame. But then how is it that she’s still got an incredibly well-timed movie coming out later this year? While many fans believe that the film will be a prequel, they all overlook one simple detail that explains why Natasha’s apparent death may not be so permanent after all. Simply put, the soul stone couldn’t possibly have killed Black Widow because she has red hair, and it’s a known fact that gingers don’t have souls.
When the Red Skull explains the conditions for acquiring the soul stone in Avengers: Infinity War, he clearly explains the rule of “a soul for a soul,” meaning that the sacrifice of a living soul is required to gain the stone. But what happens when the individual sacrificed doesn’t even have a soul to begin with? We’re not certain how this minor detail changes the terms of the deal, but we think that Natasha’s redheaded soullessness probably makes her an immortal being who can still return from apparent death in future films.
This theory has implications for the rest of the Marvel universe as well. What if all gingers are actually immortal beings just like Natasha? Think about it. Pepper Potts in the Iron Man movies and Mary Jane Watson in the original Spider-Man trilogy have both survived impossible odds on multiple occasions. Pepper somehow survived the snap due to plot convenience—er, probably due to immortality from her red hair. And in the end, Mary Jane was undone not by any homicidal villain, but merely at the hands of the third movie itself!
This phenomenon would also explain why Jean Grey can return as the Phoenix an infinite number of times, far outliving even the relevance and quality of her franchise.
And even the Red Skull, also now immortalized in the cosmos, is quite literally, by definition, a redhead. Coincidence? We think not.
We’re now super glad that Black Widow didn’t die in Infinity War when she temporarily went blond, because who knows if her powers of soulless immortality would still take effect then? As it stands, though, we’re confident that Black Widow’s movie will see her returning from her death in the present. And we all know what an angry ginger can be like, so the Red Skull had better watch out!
Black Widow returns in 2020.