Marvel Just Announced a BLACK WIDOW Movie

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers Infinity War

Cate Shortland has been tapped to direct a standalone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, making Shortland the first solo woman to direct a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The outlet also notes that the Black Widow movie, much like the upcoming Captain Marvel film, will be a prequel and is set before the events of Marvel's The Avengers. Marvel had no comment. "Her most recent film was Berlin Syndrome, a 2017 thriller that starred Teresa Palmer".

The studio met with more than 70 filmmakers for the job before landing on Shortland, who sources say was an early favorite after a promising meeting with Johansson. Shane Black had only directed one movie, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, before helming Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor made his feature debut on that sequel after directing standout episodes of television.

Shortland was reportedly chosen from a list of finalists that included Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston), and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry).

Shortland doesn't even have agency representation, but Johansson pushed for the filmmaker to land the gig as the actress had a strong hand in picking this director.

Black Widow does not yet have an official release date. With the latest phase of Marvel films coming to a close, Marvel saw this as the best time to move forward with the project.

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