Scarlett Johansson’s Famous Black Widow Pose Annoyed Florence Pugh So Much MCU Turned it into a Joke

Florence Pugh’s disgust for the iconic Black Widow pose turned it into a recurring joke.

Scarlett Johansson's Famous Black Widow Pose Annoyed Florence Pugh So Much MCU Turned it into a Joke


  • Scarlett Johansson captivated the audiences as Black Widow with her stunning suit to her incredible moves and her iconic landing pose.
  • Unfortunately, after sharing the screen with Florence Pugh, Johansson realized that her iconic landing pose couldn't impress Pugh.
  • Florence Pugh's opinion on the pose was taken into consideration and her disgust for it turned into a recurring joke in the movie.
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MCU has featured myriads of female superheroes over the years, but no one could captivate the audiences with their screen presence and persona like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. From her stunning suit to her incredible moves and her iconic landing pose, Johansson became a favorable Avenger for fans. 

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Marvel star Scarlett Johansson

However, while most people appreciated Scarlett Johansson’s iconic moves and famous pose as Black Widow, Florence Pugh expressed her disgust. Appearing as Yelena Belova, the new Black Widow, Pugh criticized Johansson’s trademark landing pose to such an extent that it turned into a joke. 


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Scarlett Johansson’s Iconic Pose Didn’t Impress Florence Pugh

Scarlett Johansson debuted in the MCU with her role as the stunning but cutthroat Avenger Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010). She then reprised her character in several other MCU films but had to wait for more than a decade to star in a standalone film. Finally, when MCU came up with Black Widow in 2021, Johansson featured alongside Florence Pugh. 

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

Starring in the role of Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova, Scarlett Johansson, and Florence Pugh rocked the silver screen, respectively. However, while filming the movie, Johansson realized that although she entertained the audiences with her trademark Black Widow landing pose, she failed to impress Pugh with the same. 

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2
Johansson’s trademark Black Widow landing pose

According to IGN, the Midsommer actress was informed by stunt performers during her raucous conversation, how dangerous and silly the Black Widow trademark pose was. Thereafter, Florence Pugh expressed her disgust for the pose, without hesitation. She even asked Johansson if she was aware of the dangers and later began to “take the p*ss out of her”. 


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Florence Pugh’s Disgust for the Pose Turned it Into a Joke

Florence Pugh’s conversation with the stunt team about Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow pose got passed along to the writers, who then made the required changes to the script. Later on, even Pugh was asked to come up with her own superhero pose, that’s when she realized her jokes about Black Widow’s trademark landing went too far.


The whole, ‘me taking the p*ss out of Scarlett’s pose’ was because on set, in the stunt rehearsal, the stuntees were like, ‘We gotta figure out your pose,’ and I was like, ‘oh cripes, I have to have a pose,’…Honestly, I think I’ve been now so terrified of it being posey after I’ve made such a joke about Natasha being posey that now I’m like, ‘oh maybe I should just walk into rooms.‘”

Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova in the MCU
Florence Pugh constantly joked about about the iconic Black Widow pose

After the Black Widow script got a rewrite, Florence Pugh‘s character didn’t feature a superhero pose. But instead, she had the opportunity to make fun of Natasha’s iconic landing pose. At one point, in the movie, Yelena Belova accidentally lands herself similarly with one leg outstretched, the opposite hand to the ground, the other arm bent, but she responds with shudders. 

Pugh’s scripted moment of making fun of the trademark Black Widow landing pose
Pugh’s scripted moment of making fun of the trademark Black Widow landing pose

This became a recurring bit in the film that established Florence Pugh’s character as worthy of taking on the Black Widow mantle. Further, when Pugh appeared in the streaming series Hawkeye, it again included her annoyance with the pose. This eventually turned into an ongoing joke which helped MCU to carry on without fading into dejection. 


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Written by Krittika Mukherjee

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