‘Black Widow’ helmer Cate Shortland has been giving away secrets on the origin film that includes setting up Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow successor.
Speaking with Empire, Shortland says Marvel’s Kevin Feige didn’t just want to do a run of the mill prequel origin story and decided the spin-off would be a good avenue into passing the touch onto Florence Pugh to take over the title.
“[Kevin Feige] realized 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.”
In the film which is set between ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, Pugh plays the role of Natasha’s sister, Yelena Belova, it certainly looks like the character is set to be played by Pugh just like Chris Evans Captain America passed on the shield to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon.
The movie sees Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confront 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.
‘Black Widow’ is set for a November 2020 release.