‘Black Widow’ Director Gives Fans Hope For A Sequel – ‘These Girls Still Have A Lot Of Bullshit To Kick’


The Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Black Widow premiere in July 2021. Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova/Black Widow, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff/Black Widow.

Narratively, Black Widow takes place after the events of the 2016 MCU film Captain America: Civil War. In a 2021 interview with Deadline, Black Widow director Cate Shortland teased the possibility of the film getting a sequel.

(LR) Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Cate Shortland thinks a ‘Black Widow’ sequel is possible

Johansson’s character, Natasha, died in the 2019 MCU movie Avengers: Endgame. While it was published after Avengers: Endgamethe plot of Black Widow takes place before Natasha’s death.

A post-credits scene from the film shows Pugh’s character, Yelena, mourning Natasha’s death. Pugh reprized the role of Yelena in the Disney+ series Hawk Eye.

Hawk Eye takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgameand Yelena’s character arc shows her coming to terms with Natasha’s death.

In a 2021 interview with Deadline, Shortland teased that a Black Widow sequel is possible.

“I think these girls still have a lot of bullshit to kick,” Shortland explained.

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Could Scarlett Johansson be in a ‘Black Widow’ sequel?

In a separate interview with RadioTimes.com, Shortland admitted that the franchise would most likely have to move forward without Johansson if a sequel was ever made.

“I think following a different character, yeah,” Shortland said.

She continued, “I think Scarlett is really happy to be leaving the party, you know, and she’s not the last to leave. She’s decided she wants to go. And I don’t think she wants to. come back for now.

While speaking with RadioTimes.com, Shortland expressed interest in returning to the MCU.

“I mean, all the great fighting and the spectacle, and I think creating something really fun and joyful is pretty addicting,” the director explained. “So yeah, I would do it again. Yes.”

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How Florence Pugh joined the MCU

Ever since Pugh appeared as Yelena in Black Widowshe was widely seen as Johansson’s unofficial replacement in the MCU.

Speaking to Deadline, Shortland shared how Pugh was cast as Yelena, saying:

“When I went to my first interview with Marvel, they asked me which actors I’d like to work with and I said, Florence. They asked me why, and I talked about her coming back. Lady Macbeth and that putting someone so tough and formidable against Scarlett is really exciting. But we looked at a lot of actresses and we always came back to her, and she’s just a great person. I think what’s going to happen is that young people are going to identify with her because she embraces all of her flaws. She embraces her messy humanity, and I think that’s such a great character as a messy human superhero.

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