Florence Pugh On ‘Black Widow’ Handing Over Scarlett Johansson’s Mantle

Get ready to meet Yelena Belova.

Black Widow star Florence Pugh reacted to the idea that the film will hand over Scarlett Johansson’s mantle in the MCU.

With Black Widow‘s release on the horizon, the common idea among fans is that Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova will take over the hero’s mantle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe much like she does in the comics. And in a recent interview with Total Film, Florence Pugh briefly discussed the idea. Natasha Romanoff herself, Scarlett Johansson, also praised the Pugh’s performance, explaining that she’s “a very special person” who will go far in her career.

“She has a really beautiful career ahead of her. She’s a very special person. Her character and her performance is so beloved.”

But when the topic of Yelena taking over the Black Widow mantle in the film, Florence Pugh noted that the sole intention of the film is not to rush Natasha Romanoff out of the MCU. Even though most fans are expecting to see her hand over the role over to her sister from the Red Room. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how Black Widow handles Natasha’s legacy when we know where she ends up in Avengers: Endgame. Take a look at Florence Pugh discussing the film below.

“Even though that’s obviously where everybody wants to go and wants to think about – to think about what’s next – this film never really felt like that was what it was trying to underline,”

What do you make of Florence Pugh’s comments about possibly taking the mantle from Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow? Are you excited to see the film? Sound-off in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for the Marvel Studios movie:

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, the Marvel film stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.

Black Widow hits theaters and Disney Plus on July 9th. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Florence Pugh, Scarlett Johansson and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content.

Source: Total Film (via Twitter)

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