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Black Widow is casting a web of females in key positions and we’re so here for it.

After meeting with 70 potential directors, Marvel Studios landed on Cate Shortland to direct the stand-alone Black Widow movie. Shortland, an Australian filmmaker, beat out other shortlist directors Amma Asante (Belle) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) for the position. Marvel Studios also considered Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and Melanie Laurent (Galveston) for the job during the search. Although, the studio planned on enlisting a female director from the start, it did, at one point, stop the search for a hot minute to look for a male director.

Although Shortland isn’t as seasoned as some of the other candidates and doesn’t have agency representation, but Black Widow herself (Scarlett Johansson) was a fan of Shortland’s work on Lore, and pushed for her hire. Having a lead that’s excited to work with a director is never a bad thing. Jac Schaeffer, (another lady!) wrote a draft of the movie and has experience writing BAMF female characters, including her upcoming female take on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels called The Hustle.

The movie is reportedly a prequel taking place before The Avengers. We wouldn’t say no to an origin story, but there’s no word on exactly how far back the movie will go.

h/t THR



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Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet is an assistant editor at Adventure Publishing Group. She enjoys nerding out for articles on the Pop Insider, crafting weekly toy reviews for the Toy Insider and contributes to the trade magazines the Toy Book and the Licensing book. When Xandra isn't writing or attending conventions, she's dancing around her room in Supergirl cosplay, jammin' out to Britney Spears. She once had to stash her lightsaber behind a bush at the Rogue One premiere because the theater had a lame 'no Kyber crystal weapons' policy. Her friends insist that she's the poster child for Gryffindor because she's staunch in her beliefs and recklessly tries to change the world. You can follow her wild adventures on Twitter @stakingmyheart or glimpse her massive collection of selfies on Instagram @dontgostakinmyheart