Marvel hires female director for upcoming Black Widow film

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Australian director Cate Shortland is to direct the Marvel blockbuster Black Widow.

TiMER director Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft of the script, and Shortland fended off other directors in contention like Amma Asante and Maggie Betts.

The Berlin Syndrome and Lore director met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Johansson last month. However, THR noted the search for a preferably female director "stalled" at one point, which briefly resulted in the studio's considering male directors.

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.

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.

According to reports, the film will be set before the events of the Avengers films, and will presumably focus on her past as a spy for the Russian government aka how she got all that red on her ledger. Not long ago, Shortland was rumored to be up for the position, but now it has been confirmed she will helm the Black Widow solo film.

Scarlett Johansson is expected to reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

Scarlett first played the role in 2010's Iron Man 2, and she's confident that the character's "tortured past" would make for an entertaining standalone film.

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