The death of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, and Florence Pugh’s debut as Yelena Belova in the upcoming prequel Black Widow, has lead to widespread speculation that the Little Women star will soon become a mainstay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Pugh has looked to dampen these discussions, saying that her future in the MCU is very much dependent on how audiences respond to both Belova and Black Widow.
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After being asked by Games Radar about her future with Marvel, Pugh played it coy, simply responding, “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 much more open about Pugh’s future with Marvel, though, insisting that she “definitely felt” that Pugh’s Belova was brought in to replace her character “from the very beginning.”
“She stands completely on her own. She’s strong and different. She’s so different to Natasha. You also see the generational difference, too, in how they react to things, and what they’re careful about, or what they’re careless about.”
“It’s so fresh, what she does. It’s very representative, also, of who she is as a person. 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.”
Black Widow is currently scheduled for release in the UK on October 28.