Well this is Marvel news we’ve been waiting to hear. According to Deadline, the comic giant has been eyeing female directors for their planned Black Widow film. While nothing is confirmed about the film or production, the site has learned of a shortlist of directors they’re interested in working with. While this list isn’t guaranteed, it’s still exciting to hear about. So who are Marvel looking at to take on the film?

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According to the site, Australian writer/director Cate Shortland is at the top of the list. Shortland is known for 2004’s Somersault and 2014’s Lore, both of which has won numerous awards for her writing and direction of them. British writer/director Amma Asante is also said to be on the list. The director is best known for 2004’s A Way of Life and Belle from 2013, a film inspired by a painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle. She also earned the MBE for her contribution to film. The final name on the list was American filmmaker Maggie Betts, best known for her debut film Novitiate. Apparently, all these talented women have met with Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson to discuss the project.

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Should all of this be true, I’m very much looking forward to another superheroine film directed by a woman. It’s important for a feminine eye to focus on Natasha Romanoff’s colored and complicated past. Otherwise, it ends up botched such as her line in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron that she’s a monster because she can’t have children. A woman like Natasha is so much more than her ability to make babies and calm the men she’s working with. That needs to be shown. That needs to be explored. And with what we’ve been given so far, I don’t know if any man should be given the reigns. 

Who do you think should be the director of the film? Let us know what you think! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more MCU news. The unnamed Black Widow film currently does not have a release date.



Erin Lynch