Black Widow Will ‘Hand The Baton’ To Florence Pugh, Director Cate Shortland Reveals
Black Widow might have been delayed as a result of the ongoing health crisis, but it doesn’t mean our excitement for the upcoming film has dampened.
If anything, I’d say it’s grown, which makes director Cate Shortland’s recent revelation about Florence Pugh’s character even more enthralling.
What’s that, you’re wondering? Well, she’s only gone and hinted that while Black Widow might be the end of Scarlett Johansson’s journey as the badass superhero, things are only just getting started for Yelena Belova.
In case you need a bit of a refresh, Pugh’s Yelena was introduced to us in a recent trailer for the movie as a Russian long-lost ‘sister’ to Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow.
Although Natasha introduced Yelena to audiences with the affectionate nickname ‘Sis,’ the comic book characters aren’t actually biologically related and are not expected to be so in the film either.
However, the two do share a sisterly love-hate bond thanks to the years of training they did at a Russian training camp, albeit at different times. Basically, they have shared experiences and they’re both extremely badass.
Now we’re all caught up, let’s get back to the matter at hand: Cate Shortland’s comments. Speaking to Empire in a recent interview, the director described the relationship between Johansson and Pugh while hinting at what we can expect in the upcoming film.
[Kevin Feige] realised that the audience would expect an origin story so, of course, we went in the opposite direction. And we didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be.
We knew she would be great, but we didn’t know how great. Scarlett is so gracious, like, “Oh, I’m handing her the baton.” So it’s going to propel another female storyline.
These comments appear to confirm widespread speculation that the Black Widow mantle will pass to Yelena, as happens in the comic books, although we won’t get confirmation on exactly how it will be done until the film’s release.
Shortland also suggested Black Widow could be a chance for the audience to fully process Natasha’s tragic sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, stating: ‘In Endgame, the fans were upset that Natasha did not have a funeral.’
Whereas Scarlett, when I spoke to her about it, said Natasha wouldn’t have wanted a funeral. She’s too private, and anyway, people don’t really know who she is.
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.
How that ending will play out we don’t know, and we won’t until the film is released later this year.
Black Widow is currently due to arrive in cinemas on November 6.
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