I'm not asking myself if the MAX will ever be evaluated as very safe again. One day it will. I'm more asking myself if people will ever want to fly with it again. I know that this messageboard and this community might be the wrong place to ask this question. I would more like to put this question in a psychology messageboard
I understand when people write here that planes crashed already in the past, and still people kept flying later with it, or after the ungrounding. But when was that? And were the content and drive that the media has today writing on it, the same then? Were the topics of the past crashes in the media just technical, or also about the safety culture of the affected airline manufacturer? Presenting the CEO of the manufacturer as cold, non-compliant, heartless, not apologetic person? I think this is the main crash of Boeing, not the MAX. That's the main crash perceived by the public, and what the public will remember also tomorrow.
You don't buy an electronic on Amazon because the spec sheets sound great, but because all comments of reviewers are top. Means, you put your money on what you trust, not just on shine, or because it's affordable. And even more, when your life counts on it, or the life of someone close to you. Lost trust takes a lot of time and effort to get it back. Many here's trust on Boeing is based on components that are related to past and present connections to the company directly, or the value of Boeing in their mind (american vs. the rest., shares, employment/past/in the family, envy, others). But most passengers won't be owners of such trust components, they will have zero relationship with the manufacturer above the flight ticket. With them, trust will have to be re-built.
I don't think Boeing today is following only Plan A (bring MAX back flying). They started last year to work also on Plan B (and C). They have the people for that, and the responsibility for their business continuity.
I believe the MAX will get authorisation to fly again, but I think the product will stop selling after some time. Airlines won't buy (a great product), if just 10% of the public will boycot to put a feet on it.