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Florence Pugh’s Screen Time Reportedly Shortened in Thunderbolts Movie to Shift Focus From Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow Family

Florence Pugh’s Screen Time Reportedly Shortened in Thunderbolts Movie to Shift Focus From Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow Family

Marvel’s 2021 film Black Widow starring Scarlet Johansson followed the events after Captain America: Civil War when Natasha Romanoff is on the run and is forced to confront her past as a Russian spy before she becomes an Avenger. The film opened to lukewarm responses from audiences and critics along with its lead actor Scarlet Johansson being entangled in a lawsuit following a breach of contract regarding streaming rights for the film.

Black widow
Scarlet Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow

Marvel Studios announced that Black Widow will have a sequel which will release in 2024. Thunderbolts, similar to DC’s Suicide Squad will have several MCU antiheroes on a single team. Many of its main stars like Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Antonia Dreykov have already made their appearance in Black Widow. According to unconfirmed information coming in, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios have plans to restructure the sequel in an attempt to win over audiences.

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Thunderbolts Should Be More Than a Black Widow Spin-Off”, Says Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios in a telling move, hired writer Lee Sung Jin to take over the script of Thunderbolts by replacing its previous writer Eric Pearson. Jin who is the creator and showrunner for Netflix’s Beef was brought on board to give Thunderbolts a different perspective. If rumors are to be believed, Andy Park, the Director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios hinted that the film must be more than just a Black Widow Sequel.

Florence Pugh
Florence Pugh in Black Widow

Moreover, with Florence Pugh and David Harbour whose massive talents were the highlight of Black Widow, the chance of the narrative and plotline of Thunderbolts getting sidelined or even lost amid their performances is a distinct possibility. Pugh in particular was lauded for her role as deadly agent Yelena Belova who overshadowed Johansson’s Black Widow in the film. It now remains to be seen if Jin’s inclusion as a writer will result in lower screen time for Pugh to herald the intended balance that Marvel Studios is looking for in Thunderbolts.

Also Read: Original Thunderbolts Script Reportedly Scrapped as It Focused Too Much on ‘Black Widow’ Characters

Marvel Wanted to Avoid A Suicide Squad Hangover With Thunderbolts

Hollywood Insider Jeff Schneider expressed his views on the alleged rescripting that Marvel was doing for Thunderbolts. Schneider spoke of the rumors and said that the studio was keen to avoid the mistakes that were apparent in DC’s Suicide Squad which failed at the box office despite a glittering star cast at the helm. Schneider said,

“One of the problems with that ‘Thunderbolts’ draft was that it had a similar problem to what ‘Suicide Squad’ had, the David Ayer one, in that it was too focused on the ‘Black Widow’ characters who are going to be in ‘Thunderbolts’

The cast of Thunderbolts
The cast of Thunderbolts

With Thunderbolts also set to have a staggering array of stars including Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan, Ant-Man 2‘s Hannah-John Kamen, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Val, Marvel is looking to make sure that they used their resources wisely in their Thunderbolts narrative.

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Source: The Direct





Written by Sharanya Sankar

Sharanya is a mom, bookworm, and cinephile. Having completed her Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, writing is one of her passions. When she is not running behind her 11 and 9 year old, she spends her time watching and blogging about movies. She enjoys a range of genres from Indian mass entertainers to Hollywood and world cinema. Her interests also include analyzing pop culture in movies and music.