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Scarlett Johansson's Marvel Baton Being Handed To Florence Pugh in 'Black Widow'

The Black Widow baton is being handed over from Scarlett Johansson to Florence Pugh.

In a recent interview with Empire magazine, director Cate Shortland opened up about how the upcoming Marvel movie will serve as a baton passing, of sorts between Natasha and Florence‘s Yelena.

“[Kevin Feige] realized that the audience would expect an origin story so, of course, we went in the opposite direction,” she shared. “We didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be. We knew she would be great, but we didn’t know how great.”

Cate added, “Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ So it’s going to propel another female storyline.”

The director also opened up about how Black Widow will also be a proper goodbye to Natasha Romanoff, as fans weren’t exactly happy with how the character left in Avengers: Endgame.

“In Endgame, the fans were upset that Natasha did not have a funeral. Whereas Scarlett, when I spoke to her about it, said Natasha wouldn’t have wanted a funeral,” Cate said. “She’s too private, and anyway, people don’t really know who she is.”

“So what we did in this film was allow the ending to be the grief the individuals felt, rather than a big public outpouring. I think that’s a fitting ending for her.”

Black Widow is expected to open in theaters on November 6th.

Did you know that Scarlett first lost out on the role of Natasha? See what she said here…

Tessa Thompson Talks About the Importance of Representation in the Marvel Movies

Tessa Thompson is opening up about the importance of representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The 36-year-old actress, who played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, wants to see people of every race, sexual orientation, and ability in the movies.

“The truth is these movies travel globally in such huge ways, and if you can represent people that are of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal,” Tessa said during an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors series.

Tessa added, “I think it’s really important for everybody, but for young people especially, to be able to show up to those movies and see projections of themselves. So I’m really excited that we’re able to continue to push the bounds of that and that I’m able to do that with Valkyrie. Because there’s so many cool queer characters in the comic books, and they should have a place on screen.”

Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon in the MCU, just called out Marvel for lack of diversity and pointed out what is “more racist than anything else.”

Marvel's 'Shang Chi' Set to Resume Filming Soon

Marvel‘s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is heading back to production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The film is hoping to restart production in late July in Sydney, Australia, Deadline reports. The film first began shooting in February, but was shut down due to Coronavirus. The studio is taking “careful steps” to ensure safety.

Everyone arriving in Australia will be immediately quarantined before being able to start work.

Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung all star in the film.

The film has a release date of May 7, 2021 at the moment and it’s expected to kick off next year’s summer box office.

If you missed it, one Marvel star recently called out the studio for lack of diversity.

Anthony Mackie Calls Out Marvel for Lack of Diversity, Points Out What Is 'More Racist Than Anything Else'

Anthony Mackie is pointing out something that Marvel has done that is “more racist than anything else.”

If you don’t know, Anthony has starred in several Marvel films as Falcon. He will reprise the role in Disney+’s upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Anthony said in a conversation with Daveed Diggs for Variety, “It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.”

“We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore,” Anthony added. “He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”

He also added what changes he would like to see from Marvel in future hiring practices

He said, My big push with Marvel is hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men. Fine. I’m cool with those numbers for the next 10 years. Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for.”

If you missed it, Anthony confirmed some exciting Marvel news concerning his new TV show.

'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' May Be the Last Movie in the Series

Guardians of the Galaxy is possibly coming to an end with the third film.

Director James Gunn revealed that the third installment of the Marvel franchise could be the final one during an Instagram Story Q&A.

During the Q&A, the director was asked whether the movie will extend past Vol. 3.

“It’s probably my last one, and probably the last with the current team. But you never know!” he responded to the question.

The current team includes Quill’s Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Nebula (Karen Gillan).

He also recently revealed more about when the film will be released amid the pandemic. Find out what he said…

Find out what the new Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule looks like…

Evan Peters Reportedly Joins Marvel's 'WandaVision' in Secret Role!

Evan Peters is reportedly joining the cast of the upcoming Marvel series WandaVision, which will be released exclusively on Disney+ sometime in the future.

The 33-year-old actor is no stranger to the Marvel world as he played the role of Quicksilver in three X-Men movies.

Quicksilver is the brother of Elizabeth Olsen‘s character Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, though he was previously played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character was killed off in the movie Avengers: Infinity War.

An unconfirmed report from the website Murphy’s Multiverse says that Evan will be playing a secret role in WandaVision and he reportedly filmed his scenes late last year. No word if he’ll be playing Quicksilver or a completely different character.

There’s another exciting project that Evan is part of in the future.

Sebastian Stan Feels Like Winter Soldier Again in His Mask!

Sebastian Stan feels like he’s playing Winter Soldier (aka Bucky Barnes) again while wearing his new face mask!

The 39-year-old actor, who plays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shared a photo of himself wearing a face mask on Saturday (May 9).

“Well this feels weirdly familiar…” Sebastian captioned the photo on his Instagram account.

Sebastian will be reprising his role as the superhero in the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Check out the most recent photos we have from the set of the show!