Marvel hires female director for upcoming Black Widow film

Cate Shortland Will Direct the Black Widow Movie

Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Lands Director Cate Shortland

Apparently, Marvel has already met with over 40 directors about the Black Widow job to date.

After a search that took them half the year, and years and years before that filled with hemming and hawing from Kevin Feige and the rest of the Marvel brass, it looks like the long-demanded Black Widow solo film is finally coming to fruition, with a woman behind the camera, to boot.

The Australian director made her name with her wonderful 2004 debut Summersault, and her most recent movie - kidnap thriller Berlin Syndrome - was one of our hidden gems of 2017.

If Shortland's previous projects can tell us anything about the tone of Black Widow, it's that we probably shouldn't expect a jokey good time for the family in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor: Ragnarok. She most recently reprised the role of Natasha Romanov, a.k.a.

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Johansson made her debut as the character in 2010's Iron Man 2 and has appeared in multiple other Marvel Studios movies including Captain America: The WInter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and both of the Avengers movies.

Black Widow, who first appeared in Iron Man 2 and has since been a vital part of the Avengers films since, has always been the subject of online support for a solo film of her own. She'll be the second female director behind a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie - joining Anna Boden, who's directing Captain Marvel with Ryan Fleck. Moviegoers will have a chance to see Black Widow work as a Russian spy before becoming part of the Avengers.

The screenplay is being written by Jac Schaeffer, who wrote The Hustle, a remake of the 198os comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson and Tim Blake Nelson and will be released by MGM next year. That movie will be out on March 8, 2019.

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