Florence Pugh fought for Black Widow’s ‘involuntary hysterectomy’ joke


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Does Black Widow have end credits?

It's no surprise then that Yelena features heavily in Black Widow's end-credits scene. Here's everything that you need to know about that villainous woman she meets, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and when both Louis-Dreyfus and Pugh are likely to pop up in the MCU again. (Don't worry, you won't have to wait long.) TIMEWhat the Black Widow End-Credits Scene Means for the MCU

Is black widow out on Disney plus?

"Black Widow" is now available on Disney Plus as a Premier Access title. Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an additional $30 fee to unlock the movie at home while it's still playing in theaters. Business InsiderHow to watch 'Black Widow' on Disney Plus

Are there extra scenes in black widow?

“Black Widow” takes place between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” but the film's post-credits scene brings us back to present day with a heart-wrenching visit to Natasha Romanoff's grave. Los Angeles Times'Black Widow' end credits scene explained: Yelena will return

Wait, Is Florence Pugh Actually Taking Scarlett Johansson's Place As Black Widow in the MCU?

Yahoo Lifestyle 10 July, 2021 - 10:01am

After Scarlett Johansson's Marvel hero died in Avengers: Endgame, she didn't get a funeral, but she did get a solo film three years later. That's basically the same, right? But the thing about Black Widow is that it's kind of secretly introducing Florence Pugh as the new Black Widow for the MCU, and the post-credits scene makes that even more clear. Spoilers ahead if that wasn't clear.

Pugh's performance as Yelena Belova is the clear standout in Black Widow. Her character, who has all the same skills as her "sister" Natasha Romanoff and then some, is so charismatic and badass. I'm already thinking about the funny quips she'd have with Peter Parker and the other members of the Avengers if she does end up replacing the dearly departed Nat. The inevitable team-up can't come soon enough.

Is Johansson actually leaving, though? Marvel Studios has big "never say never" energy about their actors returning or not returning to the franchise. It seems like she's said goodbye to Black Widow and moved on, but it's always possible that she could come back. The character did literally fall off a cliff, but that didn't stop Bucky Barnes from coming back. Marvel movies are pretty much soap operas, when you think about it.

Still, the character Yelena in the source material (Marvel comics, obvs) does take over as Black Widow, so the theory seems solid enough. There hasn't actually been a new Avengers crossover film announced yet, which is a bit odd because we usually know these things years in advance, but it's safe to assume that when there is, Pugh will be back. She's already been cast to reprise her role in at least one of the Marvel shows on Disney+. Heck, maybe there will even be a Black Widow 2 all about Yelena and her hero's journey. If that means more Pugh and more David Harbour, count me in.

But wait, you ask, wasn't Yelena hired to kill Hawkeye in the post-credits scene? Jeremy Renner's one of the good guys, right? Does this mean she's a villain? You're right to raise your eyebrows as to what side Yelena's on after that post-credits scene... but that doesn't necessarily mean she's not going to be an Avenger in the future. Superheroes team up with people that tried to kill them all the time. Look at Loki.

You have options this time—but either way, you'll have to pay.

In "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Johansson said that her character was initially written to arrive in tennis whites and a blond wig.

The long-awaited Natasha Romanoff stand-alone film is finally in theaters.

These are your options. Choose wisely.

Personal trainer Eric Johnson shares how he helped Scarlett Johansson get into shape to play Black Widow.

Natasha finally tells Marvel fans "what happened in Budapest." The answer deals with how Nat became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

After watching Marvel's "Black Widow," here are the small callbacks, nods, and Easter eggs we noticed in the over two-hour Scarlett Johansson movie.

This tease is likely to pay off fairly soon.

Many moms are familiar with the phase of parenthood where your child seems to be at your hip for every move you make. Whether you’re doing menial tasks around the house, working from your home office, or simply relaxing on the couch, your kiddo can’t get enough of you. It seems actress Scarlett Johansson’s daughter […]

Here's everything we know right now about Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld's Disney+ series.

“It’s my life and I’m not doing anything to please people.”

The couple has been dating since April 2019. This is not the first time Pugh has defended their relationship due to the 21-year age gap.

Harbour chats with Insider about joining the MCU and how his suggestion of using a classic rock song led to one of the movie's most touching moments.

But where does 'Black Widow' fit in?

The Black Widow actress shared her two cents on the ongoing online criticism she's received since going public with her relationship.

She said he's not who fans "expected" her to date—as if it's any of their business.


5 things to watch this weekend no matter your mood

TheGrio 10 July, 2021 - 10:01am

Marvel is back with ‘Black Widow

While WandavisionFalcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki have kept Marvel fans at bay over at Disney+, it’s technically been over two years since the last MCU filmSpider-Man: Far From Home. This weekend, however, Marvel is officially back in theaters with Black Widow, after delaying the film multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film stars Scarlett Johansson in the titular role, seemingly passing the torch to Florence Pugh

The film also stars O-T Fagbenle and is getting rave reviews from critics.

Don’t miss ‘Secret Celebrity Renovation

Hosted by Entertainment Tonight‘s Nischelle Turner, Secret Celebrity Renovation premieres Friday, July 9, at 8 pm ET/PT on CBS. The exciting series is reportedly “a new one-hour series that gives celebrities in sports, music and entertainment the chance to gift a surprise home renovation to a meaningful person who helped guide them to success.”

The first season will feature appearances from stars like In the Heights breakout star Anthony Ramos, Grammy award-winning singer and choreographer Paula Abdul and Wayne Brady.

HBO Max’s highly anticipated Gossip Girl reboot premiered on the streaming service on Thursday, making this weekend a perfect time to catch up before episode 2 drops next week. With a fresh new twist on the original concept, the new iteration of the popular teen series reunites viewers with elite private school Constance Billard, only with some more color this time around.

Check out the scandalous trailer for the first season below:

We the People’ is bringing the music to Netflix

Kenya Barris, Chris Nee and the Obamas have teamed up for Netflix‘s latest offering. In a Schoolhouse Rock-inspired style, We The People aims to teach children (and the whole family) the inner workings of democracy, basic rights and citizenship through music. The series features songs from major talents like H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Adam Lambert and more.

Check out We the People only on Netflix, here.

The ladies of the P are back and they are not playing around! After a stand-out fifth season, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Potomac triumphantly returns to TV on Sunday night. With Monique Samuels out, Gizelle Bryant, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Ashley Darby, Robyn DixonAshley Darby, Karen Huger and Dr. Wendy Osefo are joined by new housewife Mia Thorton, who (by the looks of the trailer) is going to fit right in with this crew.

The Real Housewives of Potomac returns with a 75-minute premiere episode on Sunday, July 11 at 8/7c.

Marvel's 'Black Widow' brings the MCU back to the big screen — with a bang

NBCNews.com 10 July, 2021 - 10:01am

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It’s pretty much exactly the same style of blockbuster superhero action films the company has been cranking out since 2008.

After the long theatrical shutdown due to Covid-19, there’s something ultracomforting about a deeply familiar formula that still holds up — even when parts of the film fall down.

Out of the MCU’s original six (big-screen) Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow) only the first three, white straight men, were initially deemed worthy of stand-alone MCU film trilogies. Since the success of 2012’s “The Avengers,” which brought the six together, fans, especially women, have been clamoring to give the only female member of the group her own spinoff.

Sadly, it wasn’t until the explosive box-office successes of “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Marvel” that the franchise finally decided to course-correct. By then there was a problem: Black Widow was killed off in the final “Avengers” installment.

“Black Widow,” therefore, had to be a prequel. Interestingly, as if in acknowledgement of the failure to make the movie earlier, the film is set chronologically where a “Black Widow” movie should have premiered had the company listened back in 2012. Thankfully, “Black Widow” doesn’t feel like an apology or an afterthought. Instead, it is a reminder that though these movies are all interconnected, you can and should be able to enjoy (at least many of them) in whatever order you want.

More importantly, by kicking the new phase of big-screen characters off with a prequel set in a familiar era, the movie promises fans that this new phase of storytelling won’t be tinkering with the franchise’s wildly popular formula.

The result is a bit like wrapping yourself in a warm superhero blanket. Here is the opening sequence — which is surprisingly better than you might have expected — followed by a nice ironic pop song reference. There are the action sequences followed by the snarky quips and a few self-depreciating jokes that reference earlier exploits. The scary-looking bad guy appears, soon to be supplanted by the actual antagonist who controls them.

Johansson knows this is her last time with the character and makes sure to give audiences a final rollicking sendoff.

Familiarity, of course, does not imply perfection. The conceit of “Black Widow” — that the titular protagonist, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is called home by a girl who she once regarded as a younger sister, Yelena (Florence Pugh), to save a new generation of mind-controlled Black Widows operating out of Russia — is thinly sketched. The “Marvel’s The Americans” scenario feels mostly like an excuse to hire David Harbour and Rachel Weisz to play Romanoff’s parents. The film’s main antagonist stands around making misogynistic comments so Johansson’s character can put him in his place. And one of the bigger reveals about Black Widow’s past should probably have stayed a mystery.

But like so many Marvel movies, none of those complaints really matter in the face of an absolutely charming cast. Johansson knows this is her last time with the character and makes sure to give audiences a final rollicking sendoff. Both Weisz and Harbour are clearly having the time of their lives as aging heroes who never were given their proper dues by the country that created them. And there simply isn’t enough that can be said about Pugh, who is the movie’s secret weapon. An absolute delight from beginning to end, she delivers all the best one-liners, and her running snark about how ludicrously sexualized Johansson’s character was in earlier Marvel films is worth the price of admission alone.

“Black Widow” is the first of what is about be an absolute deluge of Marvel superhero films over the next 13 months, as Disney and Sony finally open the floodgates of delayed films alongside a stream of Disney+ shows. If there was ever a moment for the always-promised, never-arriving “superhero fatigue” to set in for audiences and Hollywood, now would be the time. But “Black Widow” won’t give many fans good reason to complain. Whether you watch the film in theaters or via Disney+ Premier Access, this is one movie that was absolutely worth the wait.

Ani Bundel is a cultural critic who has been writing regularly since 2010. Her work can also be found at Elite Daily and WETA's Telly Visions, where she also co-hosts "Telly Visions: The Podcast."

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