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“Avengers: Endgame” premiered in theaters everywhere on April 26.

Warning: Major “Avengers: Endgame” spoilers ahead

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SALT LAKE CITY — "Avengers: Endgame” has smashed box office records and pleased as well as broken the hearts of Marvel fans around the world.

Now the film’s writers are opening up about the death of one major character in the film and why they say it needed to happen.

Warning: Spoilers for "Avengers: Endgame" ahead.

In an interview with The New York Times, “Endgame” screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely answered some fans’ biggest questions about the film, including why Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff had to die in the film.

After traveling back in time to reclaim the Infinity Stones and stop Thanos, Natasha sacrifices herself on Vormir to help Clint Barton (Hawkeye) claim the Soul Stone.

McFeely told The New York Times that Natasha’s story felt like it had reached completion at that point.

“Her journey, in our minds, had come to an end if she could get the Avengers back,” McFeely said. “She comes from such an abusive, terrible, mind-control background, so when she gets to Vormir and she has a chance to get the family back, that’s a thing she would trade for.”

McFeely explained to the Times how “Endgame” creators were concerned about making Romanoff’s death fit within the storyline of the film without getting lost in it.

“The toughest thing for us was we were always worried that people weren’t going to have time to be sad enough. The stakes are still out there and they haven’t solved the problem. But we lost a big character — a female character — how do we honor it?” McFeely said. “We have this male lens and it’s a lot of guys being sad that a woman died.”

A big question for many fans is why Natasha couldn’t be brought back with time travel or other methods.

“That’s the everlasting exchange,” McFeely said, according to The New York Times. “You bring her back, you lose the stone.”

Markus explained that Natasha didn’t get a funeral in the film because “she’s been a cipher the whole time” and “it wasn’t necessarily honest” to her character to give her a funeral.

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Could things have gone differently than they did? McFeely and Markus both said there was a possible outcome where Clint died instead of Natasha, but it didn’t feel right, according to The New York Times.

“Jen Underdahl, our visual effects producer, read an outline or draft where Hawkeye goes over,” Markus said. “And she goes, ‘Don’t you take this away from her.’ I actually get emotional thinking about it.”

“It was melodramatic to have (Clint) die and not get his family back,” Markus said. “It is only right and proper that (Natasha’s) done.”

Read the full interview, which contains spoilers, at The New York Times.