Black Widow Star Florence Pugh Defends the MCU Against Critics

Marvel Phase 5 just opened with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as its first MCU film for the year 2023, however, given the numerous backlash and negative reception, Marvel Studios is gradually decreasing their release of films and series for this new phase. Black Widow star Florence Pugh, on the other hand, is not going to just sit back and take it.

“When I first signed with Marvel, lots of people from the indie-film world were all telling me that I was never going to go back to small movies again, and it always kind of wound me up,” Pugh said in a recent interview with Total Film via GamesRadar.

It’s worth noting that Pugh has also been involved with other major films such as Midsommar, Little Women, Dune, and soon enough, reprise her role as Yelena in Marvel’s Thunderbolts. Pugh went on to say, “[Because] I think there’s beauty in all types of those films. There’s beauty in the massive, epic storylines like Dune, like Marvel, like even Oppenheimer that I did.”

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“They’re amazing, mega movies. I’ve never ever only thought that I was going to just do one type of movie.” Pugh admitted, “I’ve always known that I want to dabble in all areas.”

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Pugh pretty much summed up as to why it’s fun to work on billion-dollar franchises. Given the expanding scope of Marvel Studios bringing the comic books heroes and various characters to life, it’s an important job for MCU actors to depict their roles right on screen, especially for the fans.

Marvel has long been criticized for being “a bunch of superhero films” that don’t produce “movie stars” as well as their bigger tendency to send moviegoers into superhero fatigue, given the overwhelming amount of movies and series they plan on releasing.

However, Pugh’s defense for MCU has a point. Marvel Phase 5 may have been off to a bad start, but the studio still has more time to execute thorough plans in ensuring better quality for their future stories.

As of current, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now showing in theaters.

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