‘Black Widow’ Director Says Scarlett Johansson Will ‘Hand the Baton’ to Florence Pugh in Upcoming Film

As promotions ramp up for the upcoming release of Black Widow, director Cate Shortland has just revealed a key piece of info for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans who are wondering how the film will reconcile with the events of Avengers: Endgame. According to Shortland, the movie will provide an opportunity for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff to “hand the baton” to Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova.

In an interview with Empire, Shortland revealed that the film isn’t quite the origin story that some fans were expecting, and that even though Natasha Romanoff’s story may have ended with Endgame, the film will provide an opportunity to introduce a brand new female storyline:

“[Kevin Feige] realised 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.”

Florence Pugh recently dazzled audiences with impressive performances in such films as Midsommar, Lady Macbeth, and Fighting with My Family. Given her incredible talent and rising celebrity profile, it’s no wonder that Marvel Studios would select her to fill the massive void left by the departure of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff.

Black Widow is currently slated to hit theaters on November 6th, 2020. Stay tuned to Conskipper for complete coverage of this exciting new project as soon as it breaks!

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