Florence Pugh recently made her Marvel Cinematic Universe in Black Widow as Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff’s long-lost sister, Yelena Belova. And now with Natasha dead, it is being predicted that Yelena will be known as the new Black Widow in the MCU next just as Sam Wilson is now Captain America. And even though being a part of such an expansive universe is “daunting” for the actress, it is also “pretty exciting” to join it at a time when a film like Black Widow could be made.
Recently, Titan Comics, in partnership with Marvel, released a deluxe hardcover, Marvel’s Black Widow: The Official Movie Special Book, containing behind-the-scenes details about the film and interviews of the cast and crew. In her interview (via Marvel.com), Florence Pugh explained how it feels to join the MCU via Black Widow.
“With any franchise it’s always slightly daunting because of what you’re going to bring and what are you going to play. I think for any actor that is automatically going to be a big deal, whether you personally watch them or you don’t. Everybody or with some avid fan sibling that loves them,” she shared.
Even though being a part of the MCU is a golden opportunity, Florence Pugh is glad that she got to join it at a time when the franchise is expanding with films like Black Widow.
“The very fact that they put Cate Shortland in the director’s chair, who I never would have thought would be helming one of these films, in front of one of the most precious storylines is amazing. That in itself is branching out. What we’ve been trying to explain all along is it feels like Cate is just directing another one of her films. It just happens to be with this mega Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline behind it. I never thought of those two crossing over that much. As Scarlett said over and over, this is the right time for her to be telling [Black Widow’s] story. And we’re not shying away from the fact that this story is essentially about women getting their life back. And it’s a Marvel Studios film, too. That’s pretty rare, and it’s very exciting to be a part of that,” she added.
For Florence Pugh, the most exciting part about Black Widow was playing the role of Scarlett Johansson’s character’s sister. In her chat, she explained how she brought her character to life in a way that has a direct connection with how Natasha Romanoff has been presented in the MCU:
“It’s been wicked! At the beginning, obviously, Cate really wanted us and all the Widows in the film to understand where we’ve come from, maybe understand our body language, how we’d walk, how we’d talk without being affected by any of the normal world. Obviously, a massive part of that is the fact that both Natasha and Yelena were broken up when they were children and grew up to live different lives. To look at what that would do to their relationship and what that would do when they see each other again years later, we had to figure out if we would have similarities, if we would talk in the same way, if we found it being comfortable around one another. These are people that have been torn apart and probably only have a few memories of one another.”