It looks like the long-awaited Black Widow movie is getting just a little bit closer to reality.
According to Deadline, filmmaker Cate Shortland is reportedly on the shortlist of potential directors. The Australian director previously helmed the horror/mystery Berlin Syndrome back in 2017.
This news couldn't have come at a better time. The former spy-turned-superhero, played by Scarlett Johannson, has been a mainstay in the MCU since she first showed up in Iron Man 2. Since then, she's appeared in more than a half-dozen Marvel movies. Despite her lack of superpowers, she's stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Earth's mightiest heroes.
As we've previously mentioned, Marvel has met with as many as 65 directors to helm Black Widow, including Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Amma Asante. Adding Shortland to this list certainly indicates that MCU main architect Kevin Feige is making good on his promise to hire more female directors.
Though Black Widow's much-needed solo film is still a ways off from happening, Infinity War screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have promised she'll play a much bigger role in the upcoming, still-untitled Avengers 4.
While DC might have beat Marvel to the box office with Wonder Woman, Marvel is currently wasting no time putting females front-and-center in the MCU.
First, The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) is getting co-billing in the upcoming Ant-Man sequel. Then, this coming March we're getting a Captain Marvel solo movie, which will be co-directed by Anna Boden, along with her longtime collaborator Ryan Fleck. Captain Marvel, which is set in the 1990s, will hit theaters just two months before she'll show up again in Avengers 4 to (presumably) save the MCU from the havoc Thanos (Josh Brolin) wrought in Infinity War.
It just goes to show that we should always listen to Captain America. After all, Chris Evans had gone on record way back in February stating that a Black Widow solo outing was all but inevitable.
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