Florence Pugh says 'Black Widow' tells a 'horrifying' story about victims of abuse

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Florence Pugh has described the plot of Black Widow as a “horrifying” story about women who are victims of abuse.

The 24-year-old star will play Yelena Belova — a sister figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel blockbuster, directed by Cate Shortland.

Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, the movie will see Natasha delve back into her past and “pass the baton” to Pugh’s character.

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“The storyline that we are telling is very horrifying,” Pugh reveals in the upcoming Marvel Studios' Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book.

“It's about women that have been, essentially, abused and trained up to be killing machines.

Florence Pugh interviewed in 'Marvel Studios' Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book'. (Credit: Marvel/Titan Comics)
Florence Pugh interviewed in 'Marvel Studios' Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book'. (Credit: Marvel/Titan Comics)

“As Scarlett said over and over, this is the right time for her to be telling [Black Widow's] story. And we're not shying away from the fact that this story is essentially about women getting their life back.

“And it's a Marvel Studios film, too. That's pretty rare, and it's very exciting to be a part of that.”

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Pugh describes her character as an “annoying little sister” and says the bond she shares with Natasha sits at the core of the movie.

She says: “There is a lovely and unique friendship between the two of them because they are ultimately long-lost sisters.

“They repair one another and each other's holes in their lives.”

Florence Pugh in 'Black Widow'. (Credit: Marvel/Disney)
Florence Pugh in 'Black Widow'. (Credit: Marvel/Disney)

Feminist messaging is set to be an important part of Black Widow, with Johansson telling Empire earlier this year that it’s “obvious” Natasha is a feminist.

She added that the movie is reflective of the Me Too movement and allows for major issues to be explored through the prism of the MCU.

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The star said: “I think, particularly for Cate, it was so important for her to make a movie about women who are helping other women, who lift other women up out of a very difficult situation.”

Black Widow is now due to be released in May 2021 as a result of the continued impact of the coronavirus, more than a year after it was originally planned to debut.

Marvel Studios' Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book is being released by Titan Comics and is out now in the US, but awaiting a UK date.

Watch: Johansson to pass baton to Pugh in Black Widow

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