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Marvel's Black Widow Film Nabs The Berlin Syndrome's Cate Shortland as Director

Marvel's Black Widow Film Nabs The Berlin Syndrome's Cate Shortland as Director

Marvel’s Black Widow Film Nabs The Berlin Syndrome’s Cate Shortland as Director

Marvel’s solo Black Widow film has reportedly gotten a director. According to Variety, Cate Shortland (The Berlin Syndrome) is been set to helm the pic starring Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Infinity WarGhost in the Shell). As was reported earlier this year, Jac Schaeffer is writing the script for the film. Kevin Feige, is, of course, producing for Marvel/Disney. They have yet to comment.

Now, there are those of us who sort of consider Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be a Black Widow film, despite the fact that it wasn’t marketed that way. Don’t argue with me over it. I’m just glad we’re getting one. Shortland is known for directing Lore and The Berlin Syndrome. She’s also known for directing the TV series The Secret Life of Us and Bad Cop, Bad Cop. The Black Widow film plot isn’t out there yet, so we don’t know if we’re going to see an origin story (something we pretty much got through discussion and flashbacks in other films) or if it will be set later in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Solo films are going to be harder to do now. Think back to Iron Man 3 and how odd it was that no other Avengers showed up to help Tony. Future films like Captain Marvel are set in a different decade, though how that would work with this one is impossible to know, if that’s even a possibility.

What do you guys think of Cate Shortland as a director for the Black Widow solo film? Will it really be a “solo” film if it takes place post-Avengers 4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She's currently a co-host on Most Craved. She's been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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