Black Widow has been a major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since being introduced in Iron Man 2, from being one of the founding Avengers to helping Steve Rogers expose HYDRA’s existence within S.H.I.E.L.D. But unlike the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and even Hulk, Scarlett Johansson’s iteration of Natasha Romanoff hasn’t led her own standalone adventure. That’s going to change in Marvel’s Phase 4, and it’s being reported that Cate Shortland will be the one directing the Black Widow movie.
Marvel’s hiring of Cate Shortland for the Black Widow movie marks the end of an extensive search that resulted in the studio interviewing between 70 to 75 candidates for the director position. Finding a woman to helm the superhero blockbuster was reportedly a priority, and A United Kingdom‘s Amma Asante and Novitiate‘s Maggie Betts were two of the finalists for the job alongside Shortland. In the end, though, Shortland was selected to direct Black Widow, and according to THR, Scarlett Johansson pushed for Shortland to be hired.