The obvious question when considering how the original Black Widow and Iron Man can return is how? The two are unequivocally dead by the end of the Infinity Saga. However, now that both time travel and the Multiverse are in play, the possibilities for revisiting the original Nat and Tony are pretty much endless.
Kevin Feige’s hinting at another project with Scarlett Johansson raises even more questions. If she’s returning as Black Widow, when exactly will it take place? The simplest answer would be that it’s the rumored follow-up to her solo prequel film, but the actor has since cast some doubt on that possibility. “It would be a real Marvel miracle,” Johansson said on “Today” in the days following Feige’s remarks, though she made it clear anything is possible: “It would be a marvel, but who knows? I’m not sure.”
After more than 30 films and an endless stream of series, the MCU has undeniably become bloated and hard to navigate, even for the most ardent fans. Bringing back Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. would certainly score nostalgia points with anyone who’s been with the MCU since 2008 and maybe even offer a return to simpler times, but doing so would present some narrative hurdles.