Black Widow has a director. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Cate Shortland will direct the Marvel Studios film. Shortland was the top choice out of over 70 directors.

The deal is reportedly done, though Marvel Studios has not made the news official with a press release. They’re trying to hold all future film announcements for after Avengers 4.

Scarlett Johansson, who plays the title character, was very high on Shortland and pushed for the Australian helmer to get the job. Shortland last directed Berlin Syndrome a terrific, intense psychological thriller that you can and should check out on Netflix.

The most recent draft of the Black Widow script was penned by Jac Schaeffer. The film reportedly takes place prior to the events of The Avengers, effectively making it a Marvel Cinematic Universe prequel.

I guess this means we can’t officially consider Natasha Romanoff “safe” in Avengers 4.

Black Widow does not have an announced release date, but most expect Marvel Studios to drop the film in 2020. Marvel has three release dates that year. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will likely take the May 1 date, leaving July 31 and November 6 as potential landing spots for Black Widow.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter