‘Black Widow’ Director Cate Shortland Game To Return For A Sequel & Teases Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova Taking Over Franchise

Black Widow will see the end of Scarlett Johansson’s run as Natasha Romanoff after debuting as the character in Iron Man 2 back in 2010. There is already speculation that Yelena Belova (played by Florence Pugh) is going to take up the mantle in the MCU and this was bolstered when Pugh joined the cast of the Hawkeye series, there are also hints that Marvel Studios is slowly assembling a version of The Thunderbolts too.

Well, if it was up to Cate Shortland a sequel would be in the cards.

While speaking with the Radio Times, the Black Widow director Cate Shortland has revealed that she could see a sequel could happen with another character and that she’s already game to return to make it, if Marvel decided to do that.

“I think following a different character, yes. I think Scarlett is really happy that she’s leaving the party, you know, and she’s not the last to leave. She decided she wanted to go. And I don’t think she would want to come back at the moment,” the filmmaker told the Radio Times when asked about the possibility of a sequel and alluding to Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova taking over the mantle.

Cate Shortland also sounds interested in returning for this hypothetical sequel, “I mean, all the beautiful fights and the spectacle, and I think just creating something really fun and joyous is pretty addictive. So yeah, I would do it again. Yes.”

Black Widow will hit theaters and Premier Access on July 9.

BLACK WIDOW – In Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, the movie stars Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov aka Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.

SOURCE: RADIO TIMES

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