Cate Shortland talks about setting up Florence Pugh as the new Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff aka The Black Widow died after she sacrifices herself in Avengers Endgame.
Written By Apoorv Shandilya | Updated: July 08, 2020 16:20 IST
Cate Shortland talks about setting up Florence Pugh as the new Black Widow

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown fans of the MCU films will now have to wait longer before they can watch the much-anticipated film Black Widow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as the Russian superspy. The timespan is set before the events of Avengers Endgame as the superhero died in the film. The upcoming Black Widow film is not just going to revisit the life of Natasha Romanoff but also set up various new faces in the MCU. In a recent interview director, Cate Shortland confirmed that Natasha Romanoff will pass on the baton to Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova in the film.

In an interview with Empire the director said, "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 ‘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,” the director said. “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, " he added.