As Avengers: Infinity War makes waves with its record-breaking opening weekend, Marvel fans are already looking ahead to the studios upcoming films, and not just Avengers 4. The MCU is set to feature a lot more female hero action with Evangeline Lily set to star alongside Paul Rudd in the fast-approaching Ant-Man and The Wasp film, which will be followed by the introduction of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel early next year. More recently, however, reports have been indicating that Marvel is planning a Black Widow movie, with none other than Scarlett Johansson herself of course, which has been a long-time coming for many since her standout performance in The Avengers.
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While the character was first introduced way back in Iron Man 2 it was Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon who really brought the master assassin into her own in the 2012 movie that saw her and the MCU‘s Phase 1 heroes assemble against Loki. Since then, she has been an important part of both the Avengers and Captain America franchises, often acting as the voice of reason between any differences in the group; most notably between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.
Marvel Studios has yet to hire a female director, although it came close with Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins, who almost directed Thor: The Dark World, and Ava DuVernay who was in talks to helm Black Panther. Ultimately, though, the studio has ended up with a string of male filmmakers but it seems that Black Widow is the time for Kevin Feige and his team to seek the services of a female director.
With that, THR is now reporting that Marvel is actively meeting with female directors for Black Widow, and so far the names include Deniz Gamze Erguven (Kings), Chloe Zhao (The Rider), and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom). Additionally, Variety‘s Justin Kroll is saying that Maggie Betts (Novitiate), and Angela Robinson (Professor Marston) are also being considered for the director’s chair.
While none of these directors have helmed a project the size of a Marvel film, all are critically acclaimed for the work they have done. The studio has had a lot of success taking independent filmmakers, such as Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi, with talent and initiating them into the MCU school of filmmaking.
No further details have been given at this time, but it’s clear that Black Widow will most likely be officially announced after Avengers 4 along with many other titles the studio is planning for Phase 4 (which may not in fact be called Phase 4). It’s also rumoured that Sebastian Stan’s The Winter Soldier (now known as The White Wolf as of Infinity War) will appear alongside Johansson’s Black Widow.
More on Black Widow as it happens.
Black Widow is yet to receive a release date