'Black Widow' Will 'Hand the Baton' To Florence Pugh's Character

Carla Harmon
July 8, 2020

Amazon.com (via The Direct) has shared some preview pages from an upcoming Black Widow magazine, and those feature comments from both Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh. Admitting that producer Kevin Feige and the team knew Pugh was good (considering her previous work and even an Oscar nomination) but they didn't know "how great". And something tells us, it's going to be an absolute treat to watch her take over. "Scarlett is so gracious, like, 'Oh, I'm handing her the baton.' So it's going to propel another female story line". The Phase 4 film has a side mission - introducing Florence Pugh's character Yelena Belova as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that Natasha is dead in MCU, the baton of Black Widow will be passed on to her.

"There wasn't one specific comic or storyline that we really wanted to adapt", the actress explains. "Black Widow as a character has thousands of different storylines over the years, so, it wasn't obvious what we were going to do. This film gives the opportunity for some sort of healing and understanding as to why Natasha decides to make that ultimate sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame", she said.

Black Widow is now scheduled for release on November 6, 2020. "In Endgame, the fans were upset that Natasha did not have a funeral".

Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, the film stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz. So what we did in this film was allow the ending to be the grief the individuals felt, rather than a big public outpouring. "I think that's a fitting ending for her", Shortland revealed. The combination of those two approaches is what you get in the Black Widow film.

"I think we've made something very raw and very painful and very lovely and I think people are going to be really surprised by the outcome of a big action film having that much heart", she told Beanie Feldstein, who starred in Booksmart past year.

It will be interesting to see what movie theaters are like by the time Black Widow opens in theaters as a lot of theaters are still closed and there apparently will be lots of rules such as having to wear masks and such.

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