Florence Pugh Hated One Thing About Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow So Much It Made MCU to Rewrite the Script

Florence Pugh expressed distaste for Scarlett Johansson's iconic Black Widow pose, which later prompted script changes.

Florence Pugh Hated One Thing About Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow So Much It Made MCU to Rewrite the Script

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  • Florence Pugh is vocal about the collaborative process, expressing her views on Scarlett Johansson's landing style in action scenes.
  • She questioned Johansson's iconic Black Widow pose on set, deeming it "super dangerous," and urged the team to change it.
  • After discussing with Pugh, the team approved the alteration, and the suggestion was passed along to the writers, who then made changes to the script.
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Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced many female characters, but none could quite match Scarlett Johansson’s iconic Black Widow. Many appreciated her Superhero persona and iconic moves — especially the famous pose. But Florence Pugh isn’t rooting for it.

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Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova in the MCU
Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova

Everyone knows that Pugh’s Yelena Belova is like a sister figure to Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff. Yelena—trained as a spy and assassin in the Red Room—initially targeted Natasha but later became her ally.

It’s the one and only Black Widow who introduced Florence Pugh to the MCU audience. Still, Pugh is pretty displeased over the stereotypical Black Widow pose that has become an integral character trait.

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Florence Pugh’s Dislike for Black Widow Pose Forced MCU to Rewrite its Script

Florence Pugh mostly had indie genre experience when she came to the Black Widow set. She’s very vocal about the collaborative process. That’s when expressed her views about Scarlett Johansson‘s—that time iconic—landing style in action scenes. It’s after a heroic leap, where she lands with one leg extended, the opposite hand touching the ground, and the other arm bent.

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

On the set when the team introduced Pugh to her the pose and told her (via Pedestrian TV), “You’re gonna have to come up with a pose.” Pugh was like, “Yeah, but like, what is Scarlett’s pose? Like, surely that would hurt when she lands if she was actually landing from a height.” The Wonder actress then continued:

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“So on set one day, I was getting in the pose, and I was like, ‘Scarlett, you know, when you do this – like, this is super dangerous. I mean, what is this pose?’ And Eric Pearson, the writer, was in hysterics. And Scarlett was just like, ‘I can’t believe you’re taking the piss out of this thing that I have created and made’. And Eric was just basically taking notes in the corner, and he was like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s going in the film’.

After having a discussion with Pugh, the team gave it a thumbs up. It then gets passed along to the writers, who made changes to the script. So, after the Black Widow script got a rewrite, Florence Pugh‘s character didn’t feature a superhero pose.

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Florence Pugh Yelena Belova Returns as Marvel’s White Widow

White Widow
White Widow

Marvel Comics has announced a solo series for Yelena Belova, the Russian assassin known as the White Widow and ally of the Black Widow. The comic, titled White Widow #1, debuted before Florence Pugh stars as the character in the upcoming MCU film 2025’s Thunderbolts.

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While Yelena Belova was introduced in comics in 1999, she gained popularity, especially among Black Widow fans, after Florence Pugh portrayed her in the 2021 Black Widow film and the Hawkeye TV show. It transformed her into a well-known and celebrated character in Marvel.

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