Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe this weekend in Avengers: Infinity War, but she might be getting a bigger moment in the spotlight not long after. Based on a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has been in talks with a number of female directors to helm a solo Black Widow movie.
UPDATE: Variety reporter Justin Kroll gives you in an idea of just how many directors have been interviewed...
According to THR, the shortlist of filmmakers includes, but is not limited to, Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider), and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom). This news comes three months after Jac Schaeffer was hired to pen the screenplay.
Romanoff, a Russian-trained assassin, has been a fixture of the MCU since Iron Man 2, but despite that, she's been relegated to a secondary character. We did get a short glimpse of her dark past when Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) was messing with the minds of the Avengers in Age of Ultron, and it definitely looked interesting enough to justify a standalone installment. With Warner Bros. hiring Ava DuVernay for The New Gods and Cathy Yan for Birds of Prey, it's a great moment for female directors in Hollywood, and Marvel movies certainly shouldn't be left out in the cold.
Marvel Studios' first female-centric movie arrives next March in the form of Captain Marvel, which is being co-directed by Anna Boden, the first female filmmaker to helm an MCU movie.
In the meantime, however, you can enjoy Natasha's role in Infinity War. She's been on the run with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) since the events of Civil War. She and her cohorts must emerge from the shadows when Thanos starts seeking the Infinity Stones, threatening not just the Earth but the entire universe. Here's a sneak peek of a scene in which she helps fight two members of the Black Order, and you can catch Infinity War in theaters now.