Could this be the birth of a new Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Recently, several set photos of MCU newcomer Florence Pugh were leaked in advent of the upcoming Black Widow solo film that is set to release in 2020. The photos – found on Twitter – revealed Pugh in a black suit and hair tied in a braid akin to that of Scarlett Johansson’s counterpart in Avengers: Endgame.
However, we all know too well that Pugh may not exactly be portraying the Natasha Romanoff we’ve all come to know and love that died valiantly in Endgame. No, this isn’t a rehash (since Johansson will reprise her role as Nat, anyway) — this is an entirely new Marvel super-spy from the USSR, and her name is Yelena Belova.
For those who are unfamiliar with the comics, Black Widow is actually a term given to selected KGB agents who trained tirelessly from young during the Cold War, under the duly named Black Widow Ops Program. Nat was the first to have been given that mantle, and Yelena Belova is the second.
Not long after Nat’s defection to the United States as part of S.H.I.E.L.D and the Avengers, Belova followed suit as the new Black Widow, in attempts to dismantle Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and also to ensure Nat’s defection was prevented.
We all know that Nat was a true blue Avenger up until her dying breath, so what transpires in the events of the movie will be interesting, given that it is a period film. How Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova will interact in the film, if any, remains to be seen.
It’s interesting that ScarJo’s Black Widow adopted a blonde bob hairstyle not dissimilar to that of Yelena Belova’s in the events of Infinity War, but that may be pure coincidence.
Black Widow will be directed by Cate Shortland, and co-starring alongside Pugh and Johansson will be the likes of David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy).
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.