Instagram apparently just gave Florence Pugh a digital slap on the wrist, and the actress isn’t happy about it. Pugh posted images that revealed a spoiler for Disney+’s Hawkeye miniseries, and the social media site has apparently punished her by blocking her from posting. Spoilers for Hawkeye episode 4 are on their way, so from here on in we consider you warned.
The news comes from the Black Widow actress herself, via her Instagram stories (presumably she has only been temporarily blocked from posting, but keeps her story privileges). In a note, Florence Pugh wrote said she was surprised to be “blocked” for “posting love about a show” in which she appears. She said an Instagram user complained and she has been “blocked from posting about” her appearance on Hawkeye. She called the development “Beyond ridiculous” and then expressed love to the cast, crew, and fans of the show. You can see a screenshot of her stories note below, provided by the twitter account of Hawkeye News & Updates.
The offending images that Florence Pugh posted yesterday are from her appearance toward the end of “Partners, Am I right?” — episode 4 of Hawkeye, which began streaming Wednesday morning. The first image shows her from behind, after striking Clint (Jeremy Renner), and the second shows her face revealed. You can see her post below.
Strangely, while Florence Pugh has apparently been blocked from posting, as you can see above the spoiler images remain. In fact, her Instagram stories include more images from the episode, including a video of the moments leading up to her identity reveal. We’re not suggesting her post and stories should be taken down, but it leads to an obvious question: what’s the point of punishing for posting spoilers while leaving the spoilers intact?
If you haven’t seen the episode — but for some reason enjoy spoilers so have kept reading — Florence Pugh finally makes her Hawkeye debut in the latest episode by making an already tough fight a lot tougher. Tracking down a lost, mysterious watch scavenged from Avengers compound, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) finds herself in the apartment of the formidable Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), while Clint Barton waits on a nearby rooftop. When Maya returns home and attacks Kate, Clint is assaulted by a mysterious figure all in black except for glowing night vision goggles. In what turns into a complex, three way melee, the black-clad attacker is ultimately revealed to be Yelena (Pugh), who Clint does not yet know is the adoptive sister of his late friend Natasha.
Opinions differ about whether or not spoilers are a big deal. However, it’s difficult to not see Florence Pugh’s side of things here. First, she posted the image the day of the episode’s release. If she’d posted it the day before, the week before, or earlier, that would be different. Second, this wasn’t like if Evan Peters had spoiled his appearance as pseudo-Quicksilver in WandaVision. We knew Pugh would appearing as Yelena in Hawkeye, and her appearance was teased in the post-credits scene of Black Widow.
Third and finally, at the risk of downplaying her appearance, in the grand scheme of upcoming Marvel content — even upcoming Hawkeye episodes — it seems difficult to get upset about this “spoiler.” Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are excited to find out whether or not Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will be in Spider-Man: No Way Home. There’s even speculation Vincent D’Onofrio will eventually appear as Wilson Fisk in Hawkeye — possibly along with Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. All of that has potentially huge consequences for the future of the MCU. Compared to that, feeling upset when you learn about Florence Pugh being in a show you already knew she was going to be in feels impossible.
Regardless, while Florence Pugh won’t be able to post on Instagram for a while, you can see her in the latest episode of Hawkeye. Presumably, she’ll be in one or both of the two remaining episodes of the show streaming next Wednesday and the following Wednesday, December 22, respectively. In the meantime, if she has any pictures of Charlie Cox or Vincent D’Onofrio on the set of Hawkeye, we hope she keeps them to herself — for now.