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Black Widow is an upcoming superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superheroine of the same name.[2]

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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."[3]

However, on March 17, 2014, Kevin Feige recanted his statements in an interview with Examiner.com, citing that she has been involved in three movies already and another character (Ms. Marvel) might be more interesting.[4]

In August 2014, British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in an interview that he wants to direct the film.[5]

While at the Fan Expo on August 31, 2014, Stan Lee revealed that the film may be moving forward.[6]

In an interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige have discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that they have confirmed a discussion about creating a Black Widow film.[11]

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.[12][13]

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.[14]

In October 2017, Taika Waititi told i09 that he would like to direct the film as a comedy.[15]

On January 10, 2018, it was announced that the film was in early development, with Jac Schaeffer being hired to write the script.[2]

In February 2018, Chris Evans stated that the film was confirmed in an interview.[16]

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.[17][18]

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.[19]

On June 20, 2018, it was reported that Cate Shortland, Amma Asante and Maggie Betts were being eyed by Marvel Studios to direct the movie.[20]

On July 12, 2018, it was revealed that Cate Shortland was chosen to direct the movie.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Black Widow' Movie Finds Director in Cate Shortland (Exclusive)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Marvel’s Standalone ‘Black Widow’ Movie Gains Momentum With Jac Schaeffer Writing
  3. Kevin Feige On Black Widow's Role In THE AVENGERS 2 And An Eventual Solo Movie
  4. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dismisses solo female comic book films
  5. Game of Thrones Big-Battle Director Neil Marshall Either Wants to Direct a Black Widow Movie or Unleash Those Dragons
  6. FAN EXPO: MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: THE LEGENDARY STAN LEE
  7. BLACK WIDOW Movie: Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Feige Have Discussed a Series of Films
  8. Clark Gregg says it'd be "tragic" if Marvel doesn't make a Black Widow movie
  9. The Russo Brothers Would Be Interested In Doing A Black Widow Solo Movie
  10. Russo Brothers talk about Captain America Civil war in China (2015)
  11. Kevin Feige On ‘Captain America: Civil War’ And All Things Marvel – Deadline Q&A
  12. Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios is ‘Committing’ to a Black Widow Solo Movie
  13. COMIC-CON 2016: JOSS WHEDON WOULD DIRECT A BLACK WIDOW MOVIE IF MARVEL ASKED
  14. The Black Widow movie "should be done" says Scarlett Johansson
  15. Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Wants to Make a Marvel Comedy With a Surprising Avenger
  16. Chris Evans Loves 'Black Panther'
  17. 'Jessica Jones' Director in Talks to Helm 'Star Trek 4'
  18. Justin Kroll on Twitter - April 26, 2018
  19. Justin Kroll on Twitter - May 2, 2018
  20. Marvel Eyes Female Helmers For ‘Black Widow’ Film: Watch For Cate Shortland

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