Scarlett Johansson will ‘hand over the baton’ to Florence Pugh in Black Widow, confirms director Cate Shortland

Scarlett Johansson will pass the baton to actor Florence Pugh in the upcoming Marvel movie Black Widow. The film is expected to be Johansson’s ‘last hurrah’ as the spy character, whom she has played since 2010’s Iron Man 2.

In an interview with Empire, director Cate Shortland confirmed that Pugh, an Oscar-nominee, will be a prominent part of the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “[Kevin Feige] realized that the audience would expect an origin story so, of course, we went in the opposite direction,” Shortland said. “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.”

Black Widow, originally slated for an April release, has been pushed to November because of the coronavirus pandemic. The film is a prequel, set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

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