The Indy movie scene was 'pissed off' with Florence Pugh after she joined the MCU
Martin Macdonald - 24 May 2023, 10:58 Share
Florence Pugh says there were members of the Independent Movie community who were "pissed off" when she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
An Indy darling, Pugh has starred in movies like Midsommar, Lady Macbeth and The Wonder, though she has combined those smaller productions with massive movies like Black Widow, Oppenheimer and Dune: Part II.
She made her MCU debut in Black Widow and will reprise the role of Yelena Belova as one of the primary protagonists of Marvel's Thunderbolts movie which is set for release in 2024.
“So many people in the indie film world were really p****off at me," she told TIME Magazine.
"They were like, ‘Great, now she’s gone forever.'
“And I’m like, no, I’m working as hard as I used to work. I’ve always done back-to-back movies. It’s just people are watching them now. You just have to be a bit more organised with your schedule.”
Thunderbolts will star Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Red Guardian, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S. Agent, Olga Kurylenko as Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava Starr/Ghost and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
Thunderbolts is described as Marvel's answer to DC's Suicide Squad in that it features a group of anti-heroes rather than the conventional heroes like Iron Man and Captain America.
The Thunderbolts are 'losers'
On ComicBook.com's Phase Zero podcast, Harbour was asked about how the movie would be different from other MCU films.
And, he responded by saying that Thunderbolts will effectively focus on a bunch of losers.
"We're like losers, which I like. We're the losers. I think it's fun to watch us just mess everything up," he said.
"It's very funny, there's also a lot of pathos in that. There's a lot of drama in a bunch of people who just keep getting their lives wrong and — because of character flaws — keep messing things up. Nobody gives them the respect that they do to Captain America and Iron Man, very capable people.
"So there's a lot to draw on there. I think there's a lot of movie there that will be fun. It has all this cool action and cool comedy from what has been described to me.