Marvel have found their director for the Black Widow movie and it is a very interesting choice
This was unexpected.
Since first appearing in Iron Man 2, Scar-Jo's take on the smart-mouth, kick-ass former assassin has been a fan favourite, even though she only won the role when Emily Blunt was forced to drop out when she became pregnant.
Appearances in The Avengers, The Winter Soldier, Age Of Ultron, Civil War and the first part of the Infinity War followed, and now - finally! - the standalone Black Widow movie is going ahead, with Marvel and Disney having found their director.
The Hollywood Reporter state that over 70 directors were met with, but they especially wanted a female director to take this project on, and out of the finalists, which included Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) they went with Cate Shortland.
The Australian director made her name with her amazing 2004 debut Summersault, and her most recent movie - kidnap thriller Berlin Syndrome - was one of our hidden gems of 2017.
Scar-Jo will reprise the role for the movie which is said to be set before the events of the first Avengers movie.
Black Widow does not yet have a set release date, but it will be some time after Marvel's first female-centric superhero movie, Captain Marvel, which is due for release here on 8 March 2019.
Meanwhile, let us remind ourselves of our re-introduction scene with the superhero in The Avengers movie WAY back in 2012...
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