Black Widow actress Florence Pugh is the second biggest star in the world right now. The Brit’s career has been on the up and up over the past few years, with Pugh turning in acclaimed turns in the likes of Midsommar and Little Women, but it’s this Marvel Studios blockbuster that’s solidified her status as a major name.
In fact, according to IMDb’s STARmeter, Pugh is currently the #2 most popular star across the globe, a huge hike up from her previous position in 16th place. The actress isn’t the only member of the MCU family in the chart’s top 10. In total, there are five others, making it 60% Marvel-dominated right now. Loki stars Sophia Di Martino (#4), Richard E. Grant (#6) and Tom Hiddleston (#10) are all near the top, with Star-Lord himself Chris Pratt at seventh. Pratt’s surge in popularity is clearly due to recent sci-fi flick The Tomorrow War, however. His co-star Yvonne Strahovski is sitting in the number one spot, with another Tomorrow War star – Betty Gilpin – in third place.
Natasha Romanoff herself Scarlett Johansson is occupying the surprisingly low placement of 14th, a slight jump up from her last ranking at #22. This could be an indication that most IMDb users agree with something a lot of reviewers have said – that Pugh’s charismatic performance as Nat’s surrogate sister Yelena Belova steals the show from ScarJo’s central heroine. The good news is that, while Agent Romanoff’s MCU journey is possibly over, Yelena’s is just beginning. As per the Black Widow post-credits scene, we’ll next see her in Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye TV series.
Florence Pugh’s next big non-Marvel project is Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller from director Olivia Wilde and featuring an ensemble cast including Harry Styles, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan. But, for the moment, you can see her in Black Widow, playing in cinemas and streaming on Disney Plus now.