Florence Pugh had to defend her role in the Marvel universe

Florence Pugh, who stars in the upcoming Marvel movie Black Widow, has defended Marvel movies against criticism that they are not "real" cinema

Pugh argued that Marvel movies are just as much a part of the film industry as indie films and other genres, and that they offer a unique and important perspective on storytelling

Pugh acknowledged that there is a tendency among some critics to dismiss superhero movies as "popcorn flicks" or "blockbusters," but argued that this is a narrow-minded view of the genre

Pugh praised Marvel for giving her the opportunity to work on a big-budget movie with a strong female lead, and for creating complex and nuanced characters

Pugh's comments echo those of other actors and filmmakers who have defended superhero movies against criticism, including Martin Scorsese and James Gunn

Pugh's role in Black Widow marks a major milestone in her career, as she is one of the few actors to transition from indie films to big-budget blockbusters

Pugh's performance in Black Widow has been praised by early reviewers, who have described her as a standout in the movie

Black Widow explores the backstory of the Marvel character of the same name, played by Scarlett Johansson, and features an all-star cast including Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour

Pugh's comments reflect a broader debate within the film industry about the role of superhero movies and whether they are a legitimate form of cinema