Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Black Widow Movie Gets A Director

Black Widow Movie Gets A Director

It looks like Marvel's action-adventure movie Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson reprising her Avengers role, will be directed by a woman.

THR goes on to say that Shortland beat out over 70 other candidates for the gig, including Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry).

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Reports suggest Marvel bosses met with over 60 filmmakers over the past 18 months before agreeing to hand the job to Shortland earlier this week.

The filmmaker has won a string of awards Down Under, landing the 2013 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction for her acclaimed Nazi drama Lore. Female director Cate Shortland has been signed on to direct the long-overdue film.

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While she won't be the first female Marvel superhero to have her name in the title of a movie (the third actually, behind Wasp and soon Captain Marvel), Black Widow will be getting her own film. The character has a tortured past, she's had to make a lot of hard decisions.

The Black Widow movie, which is said to be a prequel to all of the character's prior appearances in the MCU, will reportedly put some focus on Natasha Romanoff's time in the KGB, coming up as a trained assassin and secret agent. 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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Black Widow does not yet have an official release date.

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