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The Other MCU Hero Florence Pugh Would Love To Play

With her dynamic introduction as Yelena Belova in "Black Widow," Florence Pugh looks to be a major player in Phase 4 of the MCU. As the inheritor of the Black Widow mantle, Yelena (and by extension, Pugh) has a lot to live up to in terms of the character's legacy. The first Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) was a founding member of the Avengers, and she played a critical role throughout early MCU phases, starting with her first appearance in "Iron Man 2."

The biggest contribution "Black Widow" makes to the continuing MCU timeline is in passing Natasha's responsibilities down to Yelena. Despite the hundreds of Black Widows trained by the Red Room, Yelena is now the primary Black Widow that audiences will see. This fact is hammered home in the film's post-credits scene, which shows her teaming up with Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to take down Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Truly, the only downside is that while "Black Widow" is Natasha's first solo movie, it is also her last as the movie takes place a few years before her death in 2019's "Avengers: Endgame."

While Pugh is ready to take her place in the MCU as Yelena, the actor has revealed there might be one other MCU hero she would love to play if given the chance.

Pugh wants to be the MCU's other notable blond hero

Pugh revealed which non-"Black Widow" MCU role would be her top pick in a Q&A video shared to LADbible TV's YouTube channel. In the interview, both she and Johansson answered fan questions from social media. One question asked, "If you could have the powers or abilities of any Avenger, who would you choose and why?"

Johansson answered first, choosing Scarlet Witch simply because of the character's unique hand gestures when performing magic. She then explained, "It looks like a '90s rave situation," she said. 

Pugh, on the other hand, had a more unconventional answer. The MCU newcomer replied, "I think I'd be Thor. Definitely [for] the hair because the hair looks better than my hair. Just to be able to just throw that big heavy hammer, and only you can grab it." Johansson remarked that she found the choice interesting, and joked that Pugh would be "like the golden retriever of the Avengers."

Pugh's idea might not be that bad once you think about it. If anything, her performance in "Black Widow" proves she could play any powerful role. Also, with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster is about to become the next Mjolnir-wielder in "Thor: Love and Thunder," there could be a timeline somewhere in our multiverse where Pugh picks up the hammer instead.