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Florence Pugh's Post-Credit Scene in 'Black Widow' Was Kept Secret from 'Hawkeye' Writers

Florence Pugh's Post-Credit Scene in 'Black Widow' Was Kept Secret from 'Hawkeye' Writers

WARNING: This post contains light spoilers for Black Widow and Hawkeye!

Florence Pugh‘s storylines in Hawkeye and Black Widow were kept tightly under wraps!

In fact, her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was so shrouded in mystery that the writing teams behind the two properties didn’t even realize they were both working on her character arc.

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In Black Widow‘s mid-credits scene, Florence‘s character Yelena is put on the trail of Jeremy Renner‘s character Clint Barton/Hawkeye, which would set up her appearance in the Disney+ show.

At the time, the team behind Hawkeye were already writing Yelena in the series after their lead writer Jonathan Igla had lobbied for her inclusion. Kevin Feige then told the writers that Black Widow would feature a post-credit scene that would lead into Hawkeye, which he had kept to himself for as long as possible to keep it secret.

Jonathan told THR, “There was a length of time where I wasn’t supposed to share it with the rest of the writing staff. There were a handful of things like that, which was challenging. I did my best. I like to think that I’m an honest broker and if somebody tells me not to share something, even if I think, ‘Well the writing staff really needs to know this,’ then I’m just going to trust their process …. I kept it under my hat for awhile.”

The Black Widow writers faced a similar degree of secrecy, with screenwriter Eric Pearson being told to include a scene where Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) puts Yelena on the hunt for Clint Barton, without being told why.

“They told me, ‘and then at the end, this is the target.’ And I was like, ‘What does that mean?’ They were like, ‘Don’t worry about it. You don’t have to know that,’” he told the outlet in July. “I was like, ‘Who am I screwing over? Something is going on! I don’t have an answer for this.’ They were like, ‘You don’t need to. We are going to figure that out.’”

He added, “I remember writing it and feeling super guilty. ‘I hope whatever writer is working on this next chapter is going to be OK with what I’ve done to them.”

Jonathan said, “I had made the case to Kevin and Lou [D’Esposito] and Victoria [Alonso] that Yelena had a place in our story and this was the right place for her next chapter. So I think the scene was created to support that. Obviously, the rest of the writing staff knew we were building pitches around her as soon as I got the thumbs up.”

Find out what Jeremy Renner recently revealed about his plans to play Hawkeye in the future

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