Cate Shortland Will Direct the Black Widow Movie!

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

It looks like Marvel's action-adventure movie Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson reprising her Avengers role, will be directed by a woman. The studio met with more than 70 filmmakers for the job before landing on Shortland, who sources say was an early favourite after a promising meeting with Johansson. As one of the few movies we know about that will be released by Marvel post-Avengers 4, we're personally quite curious to see what the studio and Shortland can come up with. She'll be the second female director behind a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie - joining Anna Boden, who's directing Captain Marvel with Ryan Fleck.

While she struggled after emerging as a filmmaker of great sensitivity and visual style with Somersault - later saying, "I just didn't want the attention" - Shortland has proven she is up for a challenge.

Though no official word has been announced by Marvel Studios at this point, THR reports that Jac Schaeffer has penned the most recent draft of the script for the film.

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The star loved Shortland's 2012 drama Lore so much she personally recommended Shortland be at the helm for Black Widow.

The film is one of several female-centric Marvel properties is either developing or in production on now, including "Captain Marvel" starring Brie Larson. Shortland's credits include the World War II drama Lore from 2012 and the horror film Berlin Syndrome from a year ago.

The Black Widow was first introduced to the MCU in 2010's Iron Man 2 and has since then appeared inThe Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.

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