It’s been finally settled! After an almost year-long search, Marvel Studios has finally found a director for Black Widow in Cate Shortland, according to THR. Most known for her acclaimed festival dramas, Black Widow star Scarlet Johansson reportedly campaigned for Shortland after seeing her WW2 drama, Lore.
Over 70 directors were considered for the project which included the likes of Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, Inglorious Basterds star Melanie Laurent, and Belle-helmer Amma Asante. As per our friends at That Hashtag Show, the film will reportedly be a prequel set in Natasha Romanoff’s days before becoming an Avenger, which THR mentioned in their report too. This director hire brings up the question of whether Black Widow will be one of the first MCU films to come out post-Avengers 4 following Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Spider-Man: Far From Home. There is currently no film attached to Marvel’s blank November 6, 2020 date, so Black Widow could very well be it.