Florence Pugh On Her Potential Marvel Future


Florence Pugh On Her Potential Marvel Future

For now Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” officially remains on the schedule for early November, even as multiple indicators are that the film will be pushed to likely sometime in 2021.

Even so, actress Florence Pugh has spoken about her role in the new feature as part of a recent interview with Total Film (via Games Radar). The acclaimed young star of “Little Women,” “Lady Macbeth” and “Midsommar” takes on the role of the second Black Widow, Yelena Belova.

Events in the film take place prior to “Avengers: Infinity War” with Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff still alive and dealing with a personal matter. Most of the future films in the MCU however are going to move forward from “Avengers: Endgame” and to the obvious question arises as to whether Pugh will take over the Black Widow mantle from now on. The actress put the brakes on that thinking:

“If you get asked to be in a Marvel film, and it was so thrilling and fun and exciting to be in, then of course, your head goes: ‘Oh my God. If this is what it’s like, then what else is next? If that happens and I am lucky enough that people appreciate my character, that’s an exciting road to go on. I would be silly to not be excited by it. I think that being part of the Marvel club is a great honour. But we’ll just see if people like Yelena first.”

Johansson was also on hand during the interview and was more upbeat than her co-star that she would take over: “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.”

Pugh also spoke about how director Cate Shortland ‘went with it’ in terms of a much darker tone than usual MCU fare in regards to how it portrayed the program the two women were a part of:

“This film is about the abuse of women. It’s about how they get involuntary hysterectomies by the age of eight. It’s about girls who are stolen from around the world. It’s so painful, and it’s so important.

Part of the excitement for me is that women and girls from around the world are going to see this, and are going to see an abuse story that really was challenged by its own victims. For a Marvel film to be reaching all of those levels, it is so exciting. The best thing about that is, it’s not layered with this colour of grey. You’ll see these women strive and be strong, and they’re assassins – and yet they still need to discuss how they were abused. It’s an incredibly powerful piece.”

Shortland also was on hand for that interview and says part of the appeal is that she’s the only character that “doesn’t have superpowers” and they saw that as a strength “because she always has to dig really deep to get out of s–t situations….you want to see her grit and determination. And that’s what we got.”

Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” will arrive in cinemas… sometime soon.

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