Director of ‘Black Widow’, Cate Shortland says, Johansson will pass over her baton to a new heroine!
We are still four long months away from the release of Marvel Studio’s ‘Black Widow’, and evening with a trailer, there is still very little known about plot details about Romanoff’s solo adventures. Until now.
In an interview with Empire , Black Widow director Cate Shortland revealed that the Phase 4 entry will "propel another female storyline" with Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff "handing the baton" to Pugh's Yelena Bolova:
“[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, 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.”
More so, Shortland also explained that Natasha is a type of character that "wouldn't have wanted a funeral" while also diving into how the film will serve as "a fitting ending" to Romanoff's arc in the MCU:
“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,” explains Shortland. “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.”
Black Widow is set to kick-off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this November. Originally set to debut last May, the 2020 flick is set to fill in the gaps of Natasha's past while also shedding some light on her choices duringAvengers: Endgame.