Marvel's long-awaited Black Widow movie has finally found its director

Lewis Collier
July 13, 2018

Cate Shortland has been hired to direct Marvel Studios' Black Widowfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Actress turned director Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry, Carrie) were also reportedly in the mix.

The studio met with more than 70 filmmakers for the job before landing on Shortland, who sources say was an early favorite after a promising meeting with Johansson.

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.

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After a massive search and years of fan anticipation, Marvel Studios' Black Widow solo film finally has a director. She most recently reprised the role of Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. 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. Widow, along with all of the core Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and presumably Hawkeye) survived the events of that film and are all expected to be seen in next summer's still-untitled Avengers 4. With the latest phase of Marvel films coming to a close, Marvel saw this as the best time to move forward with the project.

Shortland's past credits include "Lore" and "The Berlin Syndrome", both of which featured female leads, another big selling point for Marvel and Johansson.

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