The actress stopped by the Today show on Monday to promote her skincare line, The Outset, and discuss her upcoming film, Tower of Terror, based on the Disney World ride of the same name. While she was there, Al Roker couldn’t help but ask her about the possibility of a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Those who have seen Avengers: Endgame will remember that Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow sacrifices herself in order to get the Soul Stone from Thanos and save the life of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye.
When asked about the rumors that she could return in some capacity despite her character’s death, she responded coyly, “Like a loophole? I feel like that’s kind of the end, right? Like can you come back? Could it be a vampire version of the character? Cause I’m here for that, like a zombie version, maybe.”
As a follow-up, Roker probed her about whether or not she had been approached to reprise her character, and she avoided answering the question.
“You really ask the hard questions. I feel like I have to tell you, but I actually don’t have to tell you, Al. I do not, but I want to so bad,” the Oscar nominee told the host before asking to change the subject to her upcoming Disney movie.
In a separate, one-on-one conversation with Savannah Guthrie, the Asteroid City star told the host, “It would be a miracle” if her character was able to return somehow.
“It would be a real Marvel miracle,” she added. “It would be a marvel, but who knows? I’m not sure.”
Johansson’s seemingly evasive comments come just days after Loki star Tom Hiddleston made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss the season two finale of the Disney+ series and also touched on the possibility of MCU character returns.
When Fallon asked the actor if his god’s newfound ability to control his time-slipping and visit any point in history — past, present and future — could lead to some potential cameos from characters who have died like Iron Man or, in this case, Black Widow, he hesitantly responded.
“I mean … time-slipping technically gives Loki some interesting moves he can make,” Hiddleston said, before pointing out that dead Marvel characters don’t always stay dead. “Speaking for myself, Loki’s died a few times. I’m still here. I don’t know that death is necessarily … I mean death is — death is up for grabs, as an existential question! That’s all I can give you!”