Why the MCU Wouldn’t Dare Kill Off Florence Pugh’s ‘Black Widow’ Character After 1 Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
Florence Pugh on the red carpet

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been a fan-favorite character for years. Many followers have wished a Black Widow solo film, and shortly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will ship on simply that.

That mentioned, Black Widow will, in contrast to many different MCU motion pictures, be a prequel, and as a result, it’ll function many new characters that have been part of Black Widow’s private life.

One of these new characters will likely be performed by Florence Pugh, and though her character can also be referred to as Black Widow, her “real name” is Yelena Belova. That mentioned, in contrast to many additions to Marvel, followers don’t suppose that Marvel will kill Pugh’s character off anytime quickly.

Florence Pugh as the brand new Black Widow

Florence Pugh on the red carpet
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Although many followers have speculated that Belova will take over the function of being “Black Widow” for Natasha Romanoff, which is the character that Johansson performs, this has all been virtually confirmed after current information in regards to the film.

The director, Cate Shortland, mentioned that the film will, in a means, be Johansson passing the baton to Pugh. Shortland additionally mentioned that the film will “propel another female storyline,” one which’s headed by Pugh. 

Obviously although, that is simply speak proper now, because the film has been delayed for months as a result of pandemic. Fans will get to see it for themselves when the time’s proper, however nonetheless, this passing of the torch was inevitable.

Everything in regards to the film has hinted at this, and it’s why Marvel wouldn’t dare kill Pugh’s character off in her first Marvel film.

Why Florence Pugh is ideal for the job


As followers on Reddit mentioned, the concept that Marvel would even take into consideration killing Pugh’s character off was ridiculous to start with. While it’s true that Marvel has had a behavior of hiring big-name stars for a task after which killing them off after a film, Pugh, as an actor, has all of the hallmarks of somebody who’s in it for the long run. 

In phrases of age, she’s younger, as she’s 24, however she’s additionally turning into very in-demand in Hollywood. In 2019, she had three massive hits. She starred as the principle character in Fighting with my Family, which was a biopic in regards to the well-liked WWE wrestler, Paige.

Then, her horror movie, Midsommar, got here out to nice acclaim. Later within the yr, her film Little Women earned some huge cash and even obtained her an Oscar nomination.

These profitable motion pictures present that not solely can she act, however that her motion pictures may be profitable, too. This is similar to Tom Holland, who, like Pugh, is a younger British actor who’s made a number of nice motion pictures earlier than becoming a member of the MCU. 

Marvel taking notes from Star Wars

In the previous, Marvel normally employed extra well-known actors for roles. Robert Downey Jr. was well-known earlier than Marvel, and different actors, like Chris Evans and Johansson, have been well-known earlier than Marvel, too.

Recently although, Marvel, like Star Wars, has began hiring lesser-known actors for main roles. Holland and Pugh are the right examples of this, however there are others. 

This kind of technique is why it was finally a ridiculous concept that Marvel would kill Pugh’s character off after a film. As one Redditor mentioned, “You wouldn’t cast her just to kill her off in one movie.”

By conserving her alive, Marvel not solely will get a brand new character to inform tales with, however Marvel additionally will get an incredible actor who can put a number of her appearing prowess into these motion pictures. 

That mentioned, some followers aren’t satisfied. One fan even mentioned that the director could have made these feedback to misdirect followers and that Pugh’s character will die within the film. But after all, as soon as once more, no one will know for positive till Black Widow comes out.

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