After a few weeks of searching, the standalone “Black Widow” film finally has a director. Marvel Studios has chosen Cate Shortland to direct the installment, making Shortland the first woman to direct a Marvel film as a solo director. You’ve seen Shortland’s work in “The Berlin Syndrome,” which was a mystery-thriller starring Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, and Matthias Habich.
“Black Widow” is expected to star Scarlett Johansson, who has been portraying the role since she joined the Marvel team in “Iron Man 2” back in 2010. Fans have been calling for a standalone Black Widow film for almost a decade now and the project has been wallowing in pre-production for years. Kevin Feige is producing the film and Jac Schaeffer is expected to write the script.
Marvel hasn’t made any official announcements at this time but THR and Variety are reporting that sources have confirmed Shortland’s position. Marvel is keeping quiet about the plot of the film and if it will be an origin movie, a prequel to the latest “Avengers: Infinity War,” or if it will pick-up somewhere in the middle. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” was a prequel, fitting in just before Thanos came to Earth with the plan to destroy half of us.
Black Widow won’t be the first Marvel film to exclusively follow a female character, but sadly she’s only the second one ever since the new Marvel Cinematic Universe started in 2008. Next up on the slate is “Captain Marvel,” which will star Brie Larson. “Captain Marvel” is scheduled to hit theaters on March 8th, and if we are lucky, we might get some sort of teaser around San Diego Comic-Con later this month. Marvel Studios is taking a break from Comic-Com this year, since “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is already out and “Avengers: Infintiy War” pretty much wrapped-up most of the current storylines.
We will have to wait to hear from Marvel on the matter before moving forward but the news that the studio is one-step closer to releasing the Black Widow film should be a welcomed sign of things to come for fans.