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‘Black Widow’ Director Cate Shortland Talks Rumored Iron Man Cameo

Black Widow director Cate Shortland commented on the film’s rumored Iron Man cameo.

SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains spoilers for Black Widow. 

Given that Black Widow is set right after the events of Captain America: Civil War, some fans expected to see potential appearances from some of Natasha Romanoff’s fellow Avengers. In particular, a cameo featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was heavily rumored, with potentially unused scenes from Captain America: Civil War to be implemented into the new film.

As it turns out, Iron Man does not have a cameo appearance in Black Widow. Director Cate Shortland addressed the rumored cameo in an interview with Total Film, and ultimately, it appears that the team at Marvel Studios wanted Black Widow to stand on her own without the presence of her fellow Avenger:

“Initially, there was discussions about everything, about all of the different characters. What we decided was, and I think Kevin was really great, he said, ‘She doesn’t need the boys.’ We didn’t want it to feel like she needs the support. We want her to stand alone. And she does.”

While Black Widow’s fellow Avengers are mentioned by name in her standalone film, Natasha’s journey is focused on her previously-unseen family. Based on Cate Shortland’s comments, not implementing an Iron Man cameo was the right way to go in order for the heroine to truly stand on her own without the support of her Avengers co-stars.

What do you make of Cate Shortland’s comments regarding the rumored Iron Man cameo? Would you have liked to have seen Iron Man in Black Widow? Sound off in the comments below.

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,”Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, the Marvel film stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.

Black Widow is out now in theaters and Disney Plus via Premiere Access. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the film, Iron Man and the future of the MCU, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Total Film

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