Florence Pugh on why she was scared to join the MCU

(Pugh talks up Black Widow)

The Geek loves himself some Florence Pugh. Whether she is terrifying us in something like Midsommer or delighting us with her Academy Award-nominated role in Little Women, she is a talent to behold. So imagine The Geek’s sheer joy when he found out she would play Scarlett Johansson’s sister in Black Widow, the first of Marvel’s Phase Four films.

Plus, Florence just seems cool AF.

While speaking to Elle Magazine, Pugh admitted that she felt apprehensive about joining the cast of Marvel’s Black Widow.

“When you think of Marvel, it’s big and daunting,” Pugh told the mag. “Especially being a relatively small actor to look at it and go “oh, I’m going to be a part of this,” that’s a big decision.”

The British actress also added that she was concerned about pulling off a convincing Russian accent.

“I was scared because my Russian accent was going to be out there and I didn’t know what it sounded like. I’m also playing a character who no one’s seen before but they’ve read about her. I didn’t know whether people were going to hate me.”

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Fan-reaction to Pugh’s take on Yelena Belova has been very positive so far. Speculation is rampant that Yelena will ultimately take up the mantle of Black Widow and replace Natasha as a member of The Avengers. We hope so and we hope Florence brings along the recipe to her Butternut Squash Soup to the premiere.

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Here is the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow:

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Directed by Cate Shortland from a script written by Eric Pearson based on a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and Rachel Weisz.

Black Widow is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 6, 2020.

SOURCE: Comic Book Movie

The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.