Black Widow Solo Movie Gets a Director


After years of campaigning from fans, Black Widow is finally getting her own Marvel movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated back in 2016 that they were committed to making a Black Widow movie but for some reason it has taken until now to make it a reality. Warner Brothers had a huge hit with Wonder Woman last year, beating Marvel to the punch with a female-led superhero film. Now with Captain Marvel set to hit theatres early next year, a creative team is falling into place for the Black Widow movie. Hit the jump for more info.

According to THR, Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome) will direct Black Widow for Marvel. She was rumoured to be the frontrunner back in June with Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) also under consideration. Ultimately Marvel went with Shortland after meeting with over 70 other directors, largely thanks to strong push from Scarlett Johansson.

The script is being written by Jac Schaeffer (TiMER), who also penned the upcoming female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, now titled The Hustle. What could be slightly worrisome, however, is the fact that the Black Widow movie will reportedly be a prequel that takes place before the events of the first Avengers movie. Marvel has resorted to any prequels thus far, although the upcoming Captain Marvel is also a prequel. Are you looking forward to the Black Widow solo movie?

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  • Beat_C

    i didn’t know melanie laurent already directed several films. good for her.

  • Lori Cerny

    Scarlett Johansson has been on a hate list for a few months; she better redeem her rep in this film.

  • 1138sw

    Recast BW first and get SC out of there, then we can talk about a Widow movie. She wasn’t my first choice and isn’t my last and while she hasn’t embarrassed the character she hasn’t done anything to really elevate the character either. She seems so off as the BW…miscast IMO.