Black Widow director explains why Scarlett Johansson’s MCU movie won’t have a Tony Stark cameo

Black Widow has been released in most countries around the world and is already the biggest film at the box office. Thanks to positive reviews and word of mouth, it has achieved the largest box office opening to date, both domestically and globally.

But the film lacks one highly anticipated thing MCU fans have been expecting: Robert Downey Jr.’s cameo as Tony Stark. The actor was rumored to have a cameo in the Scarlett Johansson starrer, but was missing from the final cut.

Speaking to Total Film, the film’s director, Cate Shortland, revealed: “Initially there were discussions about everything, about all the different characters. What we decided was, and I think Kevin (Marvel chief Kevin Feige) was really great, he said, ‘She doesn’t need the guys.’ We didn’t want it to feel like she needed the support. We want her to be alone. And she does.”

Many standalone MCU movies regularly feature cameo roles from stars from other movies, so it wouldn’t be out of place. For example, Spider-Man: Homecoming had Tony Stark and Thor: Ragnarok had the Hulk.

Black Widow previously scored an impressive 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus reads: “Black Widow’s deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure rounded out by a great supporting cast.”

Starring Florence Pugh, David Harbour, OT Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz, Black Widow has Natasha Romanoff confront the demons from her past that return to haunt her.

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