Florence Pugh Could Soon Take Over Scarlett Johansson’s Mantle in the MCU if Industry Insider’s One Prediction Comes True

Insider sources indicate that Florence Pugh’s Yelena is set to assume Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow legacy!

Some fans still harbor grudges against Marvel for how they handled Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. As one of the original Avengers, she was integral to the team and beloved by many for her. However, Marvel didn’t give her the same attention and timely solo film as they did with other OG Avengers.

Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson was married to Ryan Reynolds back in the day | Marvel Studios

When they finally did, it arrived far too late, and for some, it didn’t meet expectations. Now, with the opportunity to rectify their missteps, there’s news that Florence Pugh will be taking up the Black Widow mantle in her own way, according to an insider.

Florence Pugh Prepared to Embrace Scarlett Johansson’s Legacy

During a recent Discord chat with Alex Perez from The Coming Circus, exciting news emerged about Florence Pugh‘s involvement in multiple Marvel projects within the MCU. Some fans argue that Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow often was neglected by the studio. And the complaints do hold weight, considering the character’s standalone film arrived late despite years of fan demand. Furthermore, her unexpected demise, compounded by the lack of a proper funeral or goodbye, heightened fan frustration.

However, the film failed to meet expectations. Within this very movie, Yelena, portrayed by Florence Pugh, was introduced as Natasha Romanoff’s adopted sister and a skilled secret spy. The backstories only further proved that the sisters have been through absolute thick and thin. In the chat, Alex Perez revealed,

I can say with certainty that Florence Pugh will appear in more Marvel projects in the future. As to whether or not they’re standalone, we’ll have to wait and see.

Florence Pugh

Given Pugh’s rising star power and considering the past oversight with the Black Widow movie, this presents a prime opportunity to rectify those errors. However, for this endeavor to succeed, Marvel must take a leap of faith and ensure they get it right this time.

Latest Developments Regarding Thunderbolts*

Marvel fans eagerly await the arrival of Thunderbolts* an upcoming film set to introduce a fresh lineup of anti-heroes to the MCU. Initially slated for July 26, 2024, the release was postponed due to Hollywood strikes.

The movie brings together an epic crew including Bucky Barnes, Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell, and the Red Guardian, uniting heroes and villains for a common cause. Florence Pugh reprises her role as Yelena Belova from Black Widow, joined by David Harbour, Sebastian Stan, and Wyatt Russell, continuing their saga in the Marvel universe.


Thunderbolts* in the United States, scheduled for May 5, 2025, in IMAX. This marks a shift from its previous release dates of July 26, 2024, December 20, 2024, and July 25, 2025, with a final move to May 2, 2025. Thunderbolts* serves as the concluding film of Phase Five within the MCU, promising an epic conclusion to this epic saga.

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