Due to the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” the upcoming “Black Widow” is understandably a prequel, one set mostly within the period between ‘Civil War’ and ‘Infinity War’ as Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff reunites with her family.
One of the big introductions is her sister Yelena, played by Florence Pugh, with the character as much an ass-kicker as Natasha. As a result, there has been understandable talk that Pugh’s character could take over the Black Widow title post-Endgame.
The “Lady Macbeth” and “Midsommar” actress is currently out doing promotional rounds for “Little Women” and was asked by Uproxx about those rumors. She shoots them down, dismissing both that talk and discussion of any possible torch-passing:
“No, I actually will say when we were making it, it wasn’t anything like that at all. And I am saying it very honestly, it certainly didn’t feel like a passing of the torch kind of film when we were making it. And I think the direction and the feeling and the vibe behind it was genuinely just trying to make this complicated and painful story. And do it justice because a lot of fans have been waiting for her film.
And also a lot of people I think will appreciate this story. Cate’s [Shoreland, director] done an amazing job on showing these two girls and, I suppose, facing their history and facing their pain. The direction was more on that front. But I’m happy that people have appreciated the trailer and I’m looking forward to watching it.”
“Black Widow,” which the actress also recently dubbed as being “epic on all levels,” opens May 1st around the world.