Marvel Studios concept artist Josh Nizzi shares an unused Black Widow costume that would have been worn by Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova in Hawkeye.
Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova Almost Had a More Traditional Black Widow Costume in Hawk Eye.
Josh Nizzi, a concept artist for Marvel Studios, shared an unused costume design for Yelena Belova that she would have worn on Disney+ Hawk Eye. The costume is an actual Black Widow ensemble, with the classic hourglass logo stitched to the chest. “This version of Yelena was about her taking up the mantle of Black Widow – more personalized and classy,” Nizzi said. “I think it was almost used up before things changed.”
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Nizzi shared several unused costume designs for the characters from Hawk Eye, recently sharing another unused look for Yelena in which she would have worn a cape. “Here’s an unused look I did for Yelena in Hawk Eye“, Nizzi said of the outfit. “I was combining New York winter and tactical clothing.
While these costumes for Yelena never made it to the small screen, the character has donned several iconic looks throughout the Disney+ series, including an all-black, pin-sharp ensemble paired with the green night vision goggles. Another outfit worn in episode 5, “Ronin” even hid a Black Widow Easter eggs.
“It was another carryover of his costume from the end of Black Widow that she had a lot of enamel pins,” said Hawk Eye costume designer Michael Crow in a previous interview. “There’s a direct and obvious connection to the film in the form of a spider pin. There’s also a pin that’s even more personal to Yelena herself: a finger gun.” According to Crow, Pugh thought the gun pin was “a cool reference” to her character “because it’s something Yelena does in Black Widow two to three times.”
Yelena Belova as she appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a distinct personal style, something Pugh helped cultivate while she was developing the character, which began during filming in 2021. Black Widow. “I think something that I really enjoyed was [Black Widow director Cate Shortland] was so welcoming of me to understand how she thinks, how she moves and what she wears,” Pugh said. I think, for me, that was such a fun part of understanding this character because she really comes out of the Red De place and can start her life, and she can buy her own clothes, and she can buy a vest that has a lot of pockets and she’s really excited about it,” she said.
Introduced to the MCU in Black Widowit was later confirmed that Pugh would reprise the role in Hawk Eyewith Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) assigned Yelena as his next target in Black Widowpost-credits scene by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). While the character’s current future in the MCU is unclear, Pugh and Spider-Man: No Coming Home star discussed the possibility of doing a Spider-Man/Black Widow crossover.
The six episodes of Hawk Eye are now available on Disney+.
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