"Shortland, who hails from Australia and does not have agency representation, had a fan in Johansson, who pushed for the helmer".
While she won't be the first female Marvel superhero to have her name in the title of a movie (the third actually, behind Wasp and soon Captain Marvel), Black Widow will be getting her own film.
There's at least a shortlist of directors that's come to light at this stage, and it's an interesting list. Her most recent film, 2017's thriller Berlin Syndrome, was an adaptation of the novel by Melanie Joosten. The brilliant Amma Assante (Belle) is also on the list, as well as Deniz Gamze (Kings), Angela Robinson (Professor Marston And The Wonder Women) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate).
The screenplay is being written by Jac Schaeffer, who wrote The Hustle, a remake of the 198os comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson and Tim Blake Nelson and will be released by MGM next year. Got any theories on how this might fit in with Marvel's next phase of feature films? We wanna hear it all.