Black Widow sacrifices herself

in Avengers: Endgame, it is said she cannot be brought back, because she was exchanged for the Soul Stone.

Yet Gamora, who was sacrificed for the Soul Stone came back, even though it was through time travel. Bruce explains that the time travel doesn't work like in other movies, you cannot change the present by changing the past. So should she stay dead?

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    "Dead" Gamora didn't come back. I think you are mistaken.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 10:00
  • There is this interview with the writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely: The biggest question about it is what Thor raises there on the dock. “We have the Infinity Stones. Why don’t we just bring [Natasha] back?” But that’s the everlasting exchange. You bring her back, you lose the stone.
    – Oliver_C
    Commented May 1, 2019 at 19:38

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You can't bring back anyone who was sacrificed for the Soul stone in a particular timeline. The Gamora in Endgame was the one from 2014 that time travelled along with Thanos and Nebula.

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    I think the words used by Red Skull are that the Soul Stone requires an "everlasting sacrifice"
    – Taladris
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 12:08
  • Could they not have grabbed a copy from earlier that day? As happened with Gamora Commented May 1, 2019 at 8:09
  • The timeline from which Gamora came from no longer exists after the stones were returned so no one is going to miss her. Natasha on the other hand does not exist after the point in time from where the Soul stone was retrieved so there is no copy to get. You cant get one from before the incident as the timeline will be altered.
    – bobbyalex
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 22:50

The process for earning the Soul Stone is irreversible. Returning the stone simply wouldn't bring the dead one back. The soul exchanged for this stone will be sealed in that place forever.

From this interview with Joe Russo,

Q: Can you get the soul your sacrificed for the Soul Stone back when you return it?

A: No, the process is irreversible. Even if you have returned it to its original location, you wouldn’t be able to get the person back. In fact, it’s not really returning the Stone, more like put it back properly. The tribute soul for the Soul Stone will forever be sealed in that place, therefore Black Widow is gone forever.

  • But is it possible to create a completely new copy using the deathold and mindstone like wandavision and AOS?
    – wow ow
    Commented Mar 14, 2022 at 2:49

actually Steve Rogers returned the soul stone to the exact moment when it was removed from that moment in time undoing the everlasting sacrifice and returning Natasha from the dead

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    Wlcome to Movies.SE! Do you have any evidence to support that, like an interview with the directors, or is this just a theory you made up?
    – F1Krazy
    Commented May 12, 2019 at 20:36
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    Except... nope. Not happening. See the interviews above that clearly and definitely state it doesn't work like that - Nat's dead, period.
    – Jenayah
    Commented May 12, 2019 at 20:37

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