Out of 70 directors that Marvel Studios had looked at, Cate Shortland was chosen to direct the upcoming Black Widow film that is currently in development and apparently progressing quickly.
The blockbuster studio’s priority was to hire a female director. At one point, they decided to look at male directors as the search had stalled. Finally, after an extensive search of over six months, Marvel found their ideal director for the project.
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Best known for the Nazi drama Lore, Shortland was a finalist alongside filmmakers such as Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston), and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry). The film’s lead star, Scarlett Johansson, advocated for Shortland as she appreciated how Shortland handled the female lead in Lore.
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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War is coming to Digital on July 31st and Blu-ray on August 14th, while the Untitled Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.