Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Black Widow movie confirms director

Black Widow movie confirms director

While actress Scarlett Johansson isn't having the best time in terms of public relations at the moment, Marvel Studios is doing a little better now that they have settled on a director for the long overdue Black Widow standalone film. Shortland was reportedly chosen out of a shortlist comprised of herself, Amma Asante, and Maggie Betts.

The film is one of several female-centric Marvel properties is either developing or in production on now, including "Captain Marvel" starring Brie Larson.

The Australian director made her name with her fantastic 2004 debut Summersault, and her most recent movie - kidnap thriller Berlin Syndrome - was one of our hidden gems of 2017.

Scarlett Johansson is also set to return in her titular role as Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel blockbuster.

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It's a big risk for Marvel, as Australian Shortland only has nine director credits to her name - and only four are full-length features. The character has a tortured past, she's had to make a lot of hard decisions.

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. Since then, she has appeared in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Shortland's appointment on Black Widow follows New Zealander Taika Waititi's move into the Hollywood mainstream.

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