Black Widow star Florence Pugh is rumored to appear in the upcoming Hawkeye show in Disney Plus as her character Yelena Belova. The Black Widow film was supposed to release in theaters this past May. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film unfortunately was delayed and pushed.

Even with the film not being released yet, Pugh’s character seems to be gaining attention. According to a report from The Direct, Florence Pugh is reportedly set to reprise the Belova character and is currently shooting some scenes for the upcoming Hawkeye series. Belova being rumored to appear is not of a surprise as her character shares a connection with Avenger Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and in turn, Clint Barton (Hawkeye).

Where We Last Saw Hawkeye

Black Widow Star Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova Rumored Surprise Appearance in Hawkeye Series - The Illuminerdi

We last saw Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in Avengers: Endgame, where he joined the remaining Avengers in reversing Thanos’ devastating snap that killed billions in Avengers: Infinity War. Unfortunately Hawkeye’s family were also casualties of the Snap and he was filled with depression and dread. He eventually became a vigilante and renamed, Ronin, where he would kill and assassinate criminal lords around the world. That’s when we find Barton who is reunited with his bestie, Romanoff. and they set out to revive their friends, family, and those who were wiped away from the snap.

Unfortunately Romanoff went on to become a casualty and sacrificed her life in order to gain the Soul Stone, another big blow to Barton. Romanoff’s death was not in vain, as the Avengers were able to resurrect all of those affected by the Snap. Romanoff however could not be resurrected as her death was natural.

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Barton did eventually help the Avengers fight Thanos in Endgame’s final battle, where Tony Stark (Iron Man) sacrificed himself to eliminate Thanos and his army with the Infinity Stones. Finally we last see Hawkeye attend Stark’s funeral with his resurrected family and giving comfort to fellow Avenger Wanda Maximoff (Scarlett Witch).

How Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova Could Be Involved

Florence Pugh Yelena Belova

Black Widow has not been released yet, but according to multiple sources the film story could focus on Romanoff passing the Black Widow torch Florence Pugh’s Belova. While there aren’t any concrete details on Belova in Hawkeye, reports are saying that she will don a Ronin like costume, similar to what Barton wore in Endgame. If the reports are indeed true, we will see Florence Pugh’s character ultimately take on the Black Widow mantle and presumably team up with Renner’s Hawkeye in the upcoming series.

Hawkeye’s Return

Black Widow Star Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova Rumored Surprise Appearance in Hawkeye Series - The Illuminerdi

The Hawkeye series will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and one of the anticipated elements is the introduction of new Marvel superheroine, Kate Bishop. Kate Bishop is a fictional character in the Marvel universe and is the first female hero to take the Hawkeye name and mantle. As of this article’s writing, Bishop has not been officially announced yet despite rumors of Hailee Steinfeld being offered the role and accepting it. We can assume that Marvel will announce the casting soon and in the upcoming series Barton will make her his successor moving forward in the MCU.

Black Widow Star Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova Rumored Surprise Appearance in Hawkeye Series - The Illuminerdi

The Hawkeye TV series was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2019. The series will be part of Phase 4 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star Jeremy Renner is set to reprise his role as Clint Barton. The series will be directed by filming writing team Bert & Bertie and Rhys Thomas. Marvel producer Kevin Feige, Jonathan Igla, and Trinh Tran will serve as executive producers.

Marvel’s Hawkeye currently does not have a release date. However it is expected to premiere on Disney Plus either late next year 2021 or early 2022.

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Source: The Direct