It's official: Black Widow is getting her own standalone Marvel film! This is game-changing news, because a majority of the heroes in the core Avengers group — specifically Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America — have multiple standalone films. The announcement came after a couple of additional inclusive projects from the comics juggernaut: the female-led Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, hits theaters in 2019, and the groundbreaking Black Panther, which shattered multiple records after its Feb. 16 debut.
When it comes to Black Widow, there's an extra piece of exciting news: not only will a woman take the lead on writing the screenplay, but the film will also be the second Marvel film directed by a woman. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Cate Shortland, director of the Nazi drama Lore, signed on to direct the standalone film on July 12, with TiMER writer Jac Schaeffer penning the script. Shortland was tapped after a search of over half a year, with Marvel meeting over 70 directors to find the right fit.
Black Widow is reportedly taking place before the first Avengers movie, so we might get to see a bit of the spy-turned-heroine's origin story, as well as how she came to work with SHIELD. No further details about the project are currently available, but given the fact that Wonder Woman really dominated in 2017 (and Scarlett Johansson has been playing the character since 2010), it's high time Marvel gave us the superhero film we've been begging for. Sure, Captain Marvel is great, but we've wanted to see more of Natalia Alianovna "Natasha" Romanoff for a while.