CBR, in their rundown of who lived and died, seems to believe that at the end of Secret Empire, Black Widow is alive. They claimed that rather than having been killed by Captain America, now being referred to as a doppelganger of Captain America, that Black Widow was revived by Kobik. This is all despite the issue in question showing her funeral.
At the time, we did point out how the use of flashback panels may be interpreted as something happening in the present. But an upcoming issue of Iceman, the first of the new Marvel Legacy not-a-relaunch, there is a Champions reunion. Black Widow is on the cover, and in the solicitation copy, which has led some to believe that she is indeed alive and returning for that issue.
ICEMAN #6 LEG
(W) Sina Grace (A) Robert Gill (CA) Kevin Wada
CHAMPIONS REASSEMBLED Part 1
ICEMAN, one of the most powerful mutants within the Marvel Universe, discovers his powers and his outlook on life evolving. He needs to lead the charge with a team who stand proudly by his side in the war to "protect those who can't protect themselves." Hercules, Ghost Rider, Black Widow, Darkstar, and Angel re-unite with Marvel's fearless frozen fighter setting ICEMAN on an all-new path. As more unexpected enemies emerge, can Bobby mature into the warrior he's destined to become? Hope he survives the experience! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!
But she's not. The solicits lied to you. This, at least for the Champions is her wake. But any noting of death must also mean a celebration of life, and Iceman — the adult Bobby Drake — gets a potential date in a gay bar, and brings his friends along as backup. That's right — Warren Worthington III gets to be Bobby Drake's wingman. I thought that was worth celebrating. And there will be all sorts of people who will enjoy seeing Hercules in a gay bar. He seems right at home.
Oh, mind you though, the cover of Captain Marvel #126 for November has Natasha being punched by Carol. She wouldn't be beating up a corpse, would she?
As for exactly how dead Rick Jones is? Well, I get the feeling that his ex-wife and harbinger of death Marlo Chandler, as well as dealing with the situation in Las Vegas in upcoming issues of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider, might have something to say about that.