Recently, the director of the next MCU film, Black Widow has offered a significant development about the masterpiece while speaking with Empire. Cate Shortland has revealed that Scarlett Johannson‘s role of Natasha Romanoff would hand over the baton to the character of Yelena Belova, to be played by Florence Pugh. Yes, you read it right!
A new beginning
The filmmaker told in the interview, “[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… Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ According to Shortland, it would give birth to “another female storyline”. Her words might negate the trailer theories suggesting Yelena’s end in the story.
In a personal note
Apart from that, she has also assured that Johansson simply wished to stay away from her last rites as a superhero in the last Marvel franchise. Addressing the actress’ will, Cate explained, “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.” But, why is it so? The director continued, “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.” Indeed, how much do we know about the star in reality?
Fulfilling Johansson’s wish
The writers of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ namely Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sparked at the absence of funeral in the movie in a quarantine watching the event. Stephen, however, shared his tweet on the matter of writing, “We tried a few things. We could never land on one that felt good enough (and that didn’t take you out of the moment in front of you)”. But how can the fandom not give priority to the star’s choice? While a lot of questions pop up on the issue, there has to be a specific reason behind such a decision.