Marvel Studios evidently has massive plans for Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova/Black Widow, with the fan-favorite Russian spy reportedly set to guide the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thunderbolts.

During a latest look on Matthew Belloni’s The Town podcast, Justin Kroll of Deadline mentioned Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts, describing the upcoming movie as a Pugh-led spinoff. “[Florence Pugh] has obtained the Marvel superhero that is already obtained a spin-off,” Kroll stated. “Upcoming for her, really, on that character is that this Thunderbolts movie, which is principally Marvel’s Suicide Squad. Hopefully, it has higher outcomes. But the idea is it might be her main the group of like Wyatt Russell’s [John Walker], Daniel Bruhl’s [Zemo], these anti-heroes that are not precisely good however aren’t precisely unhealthy. So there’s that. And folks appear to love the Yelena character.”

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Created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, the unique incarnation of the Thunderbolts first appeared in 1996’s Incredible Hulk #449. As Kroll talked about, the group is actually the Marvel equal of DC’s Suicide Squad, consisting primarily of anti-heroes and reformed supervillains who work for the federal government. This previous June, it was reported that Marvel Studios was creating a Thunderbolts movie, with Jake Schreier hooked up to direct from a script by Eric Pearson. At San Diego Comic-Con in June, Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed that Thunderbolts would premiere in theaters on July 26, 2024 to shut out Phase Five of the MCU.

Yelena Belova’s MCU Journey Thus Far

Pugh first portrayed Yelena, the adopted youthful sister of fellow Black Widow agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), within the 2021 Marvel Studios movie Black Widow, the majority of which takes place previous to occasions of the 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. As a results of Natasha’s demise in Endgame, Yelena has successfully change into the MCU’s important Black Widow. Pugh most not too long ago performed Yelena in Marvel Studios’ Disney+ unique collection Hawkeye, which ran for six episodes in late 2021.

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In Black Widow‘s post-credits scene, which is about after Natasha’s demise, Yelena is approached by one Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who blames Natasha’s demise on Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — a plot level that may later be resolved in Hawkeye. In the finale of Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Val can also be seen courting the aforementioned John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell). These appearances naturally prompted hypothesis that Marvel was positioning Val as a Nick Fury-like determine for a potential group of anti-heroes and/or villains, such because the Thunderbolts or the Dark Avengers.

At any charge, Pugh definitely appears to be making waves on the earth of style movies as of late. Yelena Belova has already change into a beloved character amongst MCU followers and, from the look of issues, she’s solely going to change into a much bigger deal as time goes on. Meanwhile, Pugh can also be anticipated to play the important thing position of Princess Irulan within the upcoming second a part of director Denis Villeneuve’s movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Dune: Part Two is at present slated to premiere in theaters on Nov. 17, 2023.

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Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts premieres in theaters on July 26, 2024.

Source: The Town, through The Direct


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