Black Widow Solo Film Finds Its Director

Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Lands Director Cate Shortland

Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Lands Director Cate Shortland

Australian Cate Shortland will direct Black Widow, the first standalone Marvel film to focus on the character played by Scarlett Johansson.

Shortland won the gig from a field of 49 candidates including Amma Asante (Belle), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate), according to Deadline.

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.

Scarlett Johansson is expected to reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. She is the second female director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU) roster, following Captain Marvel co-director Anna Boden.


Shortland first became known to Australian audiences in 2004 with her independent feature film Somersault, starring Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington.

The film will be written by TiMER's Jac Schaeffer, and will reportedly be a prequel set before the events of the first Avengers movie. 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).

Black Widow, who first appeared in Iron Man 2 and has since been a vital part of the Avengers films since, has always been the subject of online support for a solo film of her own. 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.

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