Marvel Finds Director For Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers Infinity War

Marvel Studios' Black Widow movie is one step closer to happening, as the film has now set a director. Shortland's credits include the World War II drama Lore from 2012 and the horror film Berlin Syndrome from past year. She also wrote and directed Lore, a World War II-era drama set against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

Black Widow is a key member of the Avengers and her character is deserving of her own film. Instead, it seems like it will more likely delve into the traumas of Natasha's past, and the dark deeds that preceded her turn in the hero's spotlight.

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Since first appearing in Iron Man 2, Scar-Jo's take on the smart-mouth, kick-ass former assassin has been a fan favourite, even though she only won the role when Emily Blunt was forced to drop out when she became pregnant.

Written by Jac Schaeffer, the script also includes Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier - which makes sense, considering the Russian origins of his supervillain persona. Let us know in the comments down below! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Australian director Cate Shortland was selected by the superhero studio from a pool of over 70 directors, most of whom interviewed with Marvel President and CEO Kevin Feige, Johansson and other studio executives. 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". Still excited for a Black Widow solo movie? That movie will be out on March 8, 2019.

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