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Black Widow is an upcoming superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superheroine of the same name.[1]


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On February 12, 2014, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that some developmental groundwork has been done on a possible movie featuring Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.

"We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March," Feige said in a February 2014 interview to Total Film. "[Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."[2]

However, on March 17, 2014, Kevin Feige recanted his statements in an interview with, citing that she has been involved in three movies already and another character (Ms. Marvel) might be more interesting.[3]

In August 2014, British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in an interview that he wants to direct the film.[4]

While at the Fan Expo on August 31, 2014, Stan Lee revealed that the film may be moving forward.[5]

In an interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige have discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.[6]

In January 2016, actor Clark Gregg stated that Marvel should make a Black Widow film; meanwhile Joe and Anthony Russo wanted to direct the film.[7][8][9]

On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that they have confirmed a discussion about creating a Black Widow film.[10]

On July 23, 2016, Feige has stated that they are committing to do the movie and The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was open on directing the film.[11][12]

In February 2017, Johansson told Total Film Magazine while talking about Ghost in the Shell (which she starred in) that "timing" is key to making Black Widow a reality.[13]

In October 2017, Taika Waititi told i09 that he would like to direct the film as a comedy.[14]

On January 10, 2018, it was announced that the film was in early development, with Jac Schaeffer being hired to write the script.[1]

In February 2018, Chris Evans stated that the film was confirmed in an interview.[15]

On April 26, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios is searching for a director for the film and has been meeting with filmmakers such as Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Chloé Zhao, Amma Asante, Maggie Betts and Angela Robinson.[16][17]

On May 2, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios is still searching for a director for the film and has been meeting with more than 65 directors.[18]

On June 20, 2018, it was reported that Cate Shortland was being eyed by Marvel Studios to direct the movie.[19]


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