‘Black Widow’ Is Just The Beginning for Florence Pugh at Marvel
Marvel fans have anxiously awaited the final chapter of Natasha Romanoff’s story in Black Widow. According to Scarlett Johansson and director Cate Shortland, the film is just the beginning for Florence Pugh’s at Marvel
After a decade of carrying the mantle, Scarlett Johansson is saying goodbye to the beloved Black Widow. A key staple to the MCU and the Avengers team, the characters solo outing will bid farewell to the iconic character.
Many fans have questioned if this is truly the end for Natasha Romanoff, what will come from the events of the upcoming film, and what characters fans can expect to see continue beyond the story to be told this summer.
It seems as though Scarlett Johansson and the film’s director Cate Shortland know just who is being set up to fill the void that Romanoff will leave behind.
Black Widow is just the beginning for Florence Pugh at Marvel
It was Johansson who firmly noted, during an interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar) that setting up Florence Pugh’s Belova as the inheritor of the Black Widow mantle in the MCU was one of the film’s goals from the start.
When asked specifically about Belova’s continuing of the Widow legacy the actress states, “I definitely felt that way from the very beginning, she stands completely on her own. She’s strong and different. She’s so different to Natasha.”
She continues by noting how Pugh’s own personality fuels the brilliance of her portrayal, stating, “It’s so fresh, what she does. It’s very representative, also, of who she is as a person.”
she continued, “She’s unapologetic, and confident in herself, and curious, and brave, and emotionally brave – far more than I ever was. And that stuff all comes through. It’s wonderful to feel like you’re witnessing something great happening.”
Cate Shortland spoke on the importance of, not only keeping an eye on Natashas origin but also focusing on Belova’s future place in the MCU.
Shortland states, “It’s an origin story, but it also pushes into the future, you just get the sense that Yelena’s going to be a wild card and that she won’t be a classic superhero.”
She continued with a wealth of praise for Pugh’s performance, stating, “she’s not interested in being a fetish. She’s angry about what’s happened with women. She’s angry about the injustices of how women have to look or behave a certain way.”
“What’s fun in the character is, she explores that on screen.” The director continues, “So you get this character that’s really irreverent, and who also just questions the whole superhero thing.”
It’s clear that Marvel has sought out a character, and impeccable performer, to fill the incredibly big shoes left behind by Johansson. It seems that these statements affirm that Black Widow is just the Beginning for Florence Pugh at Marvel.