Marvel’s Black Widow movie goes into production with a female Director

Cate Shortland Will Direct the Black Widow Movie

Australian Cate Shortland will direct Black Widow, the first standalone Marvel film to focus on the character played by Scarlett Johansson.

Shortland will be the first female director to single-handedly direct a Marvel Studios movie.

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. Other directors on the shortlist included Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Noviate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston), and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry).

The report of Shortland's hiring closes the book on a director search that took up half of a year and involved more than 70 directors, with the producers at Marvel being extremely diligent in searching for the right director for the film. Although the studio initially meant to hire a female filmmaker, the Hollywood trade says the Disney-owned studio "stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors". The film reunites Johansson with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders.

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Marvel's Black Widow has finally found its director.

Shortland is an Australian director best known for features like Lore and Berlin Syndrome, but Black Widow marks her biggest project to date by far.

The film has been in development for a while but picked up momentum in January when Jac Schaeffer was tapped to pen the script. Kevin Feige is producing the project. Since then, she has appeared in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

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