It would appear that the director shortlist for Marvel’s Black Widow movie has been whittled down to three frontrunners.

Marvel Studios has been extremely thorough in their search for a director to call the shots on Natasha Romanoff’s standalone film, meeting with more than 65 filmmakers about the film, the vast majority of which have been women. As the Black Widow film is expected to be one of the first of the MCU’s Phase 4, the studio is keen to secure a director as soon as possible.

Yesterday it was revealed that Berlin Syndrome director Cate Shortland is Marvel’s top picks for the project, however it has also emerged that two other directors who have met with Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson earlier in the process are still in contention.

Deadline reported the news about Shortland, but have since learned that Amma Asante (A United Kingdom) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) are also frontrunners to helm the Black Widow film at this time. As with Shortland, Asante and Betts have met will Johansson and Feige to discuss their visions for the film – and while Shortland is still the supposed frontrunner, Deadline’s sources are cautioning us “not to count out” the other two directors. All three directors are strong picks, but many are hoping that Asante or Betts will land the job, as this would make either one the first woman of colour to direct an MCU film.

More on the Black Widow film when we have it.

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