Nat was troubled by the disappearance of her fellow Avengers in Endgame because they were her sole family, but Black Widow clarifies that this isn’t the truth.
The arc of Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Endgame is contradicted by Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson’s stint as an Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to an end in 2019 with the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed picture. While Endgame received largely positive reviews, Nat’s death in the film remains a contentious artistic choice.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos’ snap wiped out half of the universe’s population, including some MCU heroes. Everyone who was left behind went through a difficult time, but in Endgame, it’s evident that Nat was the one who was most affected by the loss. It didn’t help that the Avengers had to sit on their defeat for five years after the Mad Titan destroyed all of the Infinity Stones in order for the devastation to be irreversible. While Thor’s concerns originated from his disastrous inability to stop the villain’s snap, Black Widow’s issues were caused by the loss of some of her closest comrades, whom she had deemed family.
Black Widow, on the other hand, convincingly refutes the concept that the Avengers were her sole family. The latest Marvel Studios film features Nat’s Russian family, with whom she spent a few years in Ohio in 1995 while on an undercover mission. Her parents were Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian (Red Guardian) and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), and her sister was Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). When they returned to Russia and split up, Nat lost contact with them all, and reunions got much more difficult after her defection. The Black Widow film, on the other hand, brings them all back together to take down the Red Room and the man behind it, General Dreykov (Ray Winstone). Years of enmity were effectively overcome, at least between the sisters, right before they split up again. So it’s strange that Nat acted as if the disappearances of her fellow heroes meant she was losing her sole family when the snap happened.
Despite the fact that it’s unclear whether her Russian tribe was also affected by the snap, the Black Widow post-credits scene suggests otherwise, at least in Yelena’s case. Despite the fact that Marvel Studios has yet to confirm Alexei and Melina’s whereabouts from the Thanos catastrophe to the current day, it’s likely that her sister survived the apocalypse. Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) ambushes Yelena as she is alone visiting Nat’s grave in the tag scene to give her the next mission. Based on the outcome of their chat, They appear to have been working together for some time, which suggests that Yelena may not have vanished in the five years since the snap. Given this, the sisters may have communicated with one another during this time, making Nat’s life simpler during those trying years.
It’s strange that at the end of Black Widow, Nat declares that she has another family with Alexei, Melina, and Yelena, only for Avengers: Endgame to pretend that they don’t exist. This is, of course, due to the fact that the Russos cracked the Infinity Saga story before the standalone picture. What’s worse, Nat’s fervent desire to delete the snap was allegedly motivated by her wanting to reunite with her “only” family, which doesn’t really work because her Russian family, at least Yelena, is still present.