The search for a suitable director has begun for Black Widow, albeit Marvel Studios is said to be only focusing on the female populace for the time being.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, several female directors have already been contacted for the project. This includes Deniz Gamze Erguven (Kings), Chloe Zhao (The Rider), Amma Asante (A United Kingdom), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), and Angela Robinson (Professor Marston and the Wonder Women), among others.
The list makes it appear that Marvel Studios is particularly interested in bringing over a female director from the indie sphere. This is not implying that any of the aforementioned names lack in talent but they have yet to helm a movie as massive as those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios has sought female directors in the past as well. Patty Jenkins, for example, directed Wonder Woman (2017) and is currently following through with Wonder Woman 2 (2019) as well. She even came close to making Thor: The Dark World (2013) back then. In addition, Ava DuVernay is another name that was strongly considered for Black Panther (2018) by the top brass.
It was a few days ago when the setting was potentially revealed for the upcoming project. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) will be living inside the United States about fifteen years after the fall of the Soviet Union. This will place her origin story before Iron Man (2008) as well as Iron Man 2 (2010) where she was introduced for the first time.
In addition, the upcoming Black Widow movie could possibly feature James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, also known as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in a major capacity. This coincides with the actor recently exclaiming excitement about reprising his role alongside the actress once again.
While there is still no confirmation on the director, Brad Winderbaum (Thor: Ragnarok) is said to be attached as an executive producer. He will join Victoria Alonso (Ant-Man) and Louis D’Esposito (Guardians of the Galaxy) in the same ranks.
The Black Widow movie remains without a release date.