Marvel's Black Widow Movie Gets Director
The super spy will finally get her own movie!
Cate Shortland Hired To Direct Scarlett Johansson In Black Widow!
After an extensive search by Marvel Studios, The Hollywood Reporter reports that they have landed Australian director Cate Shortland to helm the upcoming Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson! Shortland’s credits include the World War II drama Lore from 2012 and the horror film Berlin Syndrome from last year. The studio reportedly met with over 70 different directors for the project. Though no official word has been announced by Marvel Studios at this point, THR reports that The Hustle and the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake writer Jac Schaeffer has penned the most recent draft of the script for the film. The outlet also notes that the Black Widow movie, much like the upcoming Captain Marvel film, will be a prequel and is set before the events of 2012’s The Avengers.
For years fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow stand alone film, and Marvel Studios has finally delivered. It's exciting to see the most popular studio of modern times working hard to please the fans. However, hopefully this won't be include much fan service as we all know that never turns out well. The character's backstory is rich enough to explore in multiple films, so they'll certainly be able to find a story worth telling from the comic books 54-year history. We got a bit of her history in a flashback scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron which showed us how she was trained to be an assassin by a secret Russian program. It could explore how she was rescued from that life by Hawkeye, or jump past that into one of her first missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. possibly diving into the Budapest job those two heroes discuss in the first Avengers movie. It's unknown if any other Marvel characters will show up but it's a sure bet we'll get at least a cameo by Nick Fury and Hawkeye, if not both, as those characters are most closely tied to her past in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Johansson made her debut as the character in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 in 2010 and has appeared in many other Marvel Studios movies including 2012's The Avengers, 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 2016's Captain America: Civil War. She most recently reprised the role of Natasha Romanoff in the this summer’s biggest blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and is expected to be seen in next summer’s Untitled Fourth Avengers film which is set for release on May 3, 2019. The Black Widow movie does not have a current release date but with the director on board and a script in place, the film could begin shooting at the end of the year for release as early as 2020.
The character of Natasha Romanova a.k.a. Black Widow was created by Stan Lee, Don Rico, and Don Heck debuting in Tales of Suspense #52 in April of 1964. She was introduced as a Russian spy and antagonist of Iron Man. Later, she defected to the United States, joined the international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually became a member of The Avengers. Her skills as a spy are unrivaled as she is an expert tactician, martial artist, master of disguise, and marksman. Black Widow has appeared in animation on series like The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, in animated films such as Ultimate Avengers, and video games including Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, as well as in live-action in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.