Hawkeye Writer Begged Marvel To Include Florence Pugh's Yelena In The Show

Hawkeye Writer Begged Marvel To Include Florence Pugh’s Yelena In The Show

Jonathan Igla, the show’s head writer/creator, admits to pleading with Marvel Studios to include Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova in Disney+’s Hawkeye. The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to draw some of the top talents in the entertainment industry as it develops. Pugh, who boasts roles in Lady Macbeth, Fighting with My Family; Midsommar, and Little Women among her résumé; made her MCU debut earlier this year in Cate Shortland’s Black Widow.

Between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow follows Scarlett Johansson’s, Natasha Romanoff. Her surrogate/protégé, Yelena (Florence Pugh); and Red Room associates Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), Red Guardian (David Harbour) are all featured in the midquel.

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) encourages Yelena to believe Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is to blame for Natasha’s murder in the post-credits sequence of Black Widow; which takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. It was announced late last year that Yelena would also star in Hawkeye.

Igla described Yelena’s involvement in Hawkeye in an interview with Variety. He opened up about creating a case for Yelena’s centrality to Hawkeye’s story when asked if the concept for Black Widow’s post-credits scene came from him or Marvel. Here’s what he had to say:

“[Black Widow’s post-credits scene] came from Marvel, but it came in response to [us] begging for and making a good case for why Yelena had a place in our story,” said Igla. “I think what I can safely say about it right now is that there is an obvious connection between Clint’s guilt over the loss of his best friend and the other person in the world who cared the most about her.”

A new teaser depicts a masked figure which seems similar to Yelena’s suit from the comics

The six-episode series stars Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop; a Hawkeye super fan who makes the unfortunate decision to assume the Ronin costume in episode one; based on Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic My Life As A Weapon.

Clint is fortunately in New York City for a few days and is trying to defuse the issue, Kate has made with the Tracksuit Mafia and its leader, Echo; he wishes to return home and celebrate Christmas with his family (Alaqua Cox). Yelena has yet to appear after three episodes. However, a new teaser depicts a masked figure dressed in tactical gear, which seems similar to Yelena’s Super-Adaptoid suit from the comics.

Hawkeye deals with Clint’s assassinations as Ronin and his aversion to being a hero/symbol; which is aggravated by the death of his best friend in Endgame. The series is addressing all of Clint’s difficulties by introducing Kate, a heroine who believes in Hawkeye; and others wronged by his acts as Ronin.

Furthermore, Yelena’s presence will undoubtedly elicit thoughts of regret and shame. “It should’ve been me,” Clint says in Endgame. Aside from Clint, it’ll be intriguing to see how Kate and Yelena interact; as they’re both strong characters prepared to take Clint and Natasha’s mantles, respectively. Given their shared skills and other characteristics, it’s easy to envision them building a connection akin to Clint and Natasha’s.

Christy likes to use her great writing skills to curate articles on the Hollywood film industry, multichannel commerce, and online business strategies. She loves to share her ideas on Hollywood here at Clout News.

Leave a Reply

Clout Newsletter

Subscribe To The Clout Newsletter Below and Get The Best of Clout News In Your Inbox!