Well, it’s taken Marvel long enough, but they are finally giving Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow the attention she deserves in an upcoming solo film, and it has now been announced that Berlin Syndrome’s Cate Shortland will helm the project.

After a search that included more than 70 candidates, Marvel have finally chosen Shortland for the job. The Australian director will work from a script penned by writer Jac Schaeffer. As only the second female director on Marvel’s slate (the first being Captain Marvel’s Anna Boden) it’s slow progress for Marvel, but progress nonetheless.

The studio’s president Kevin Feige recently promised fans at the Produced By conference that Marvel will work on bringing more female directors on board, after an audience member shared their opinion that the next 20 films should have women in charge of them.

“I cannot promise that all 20 Marvel movies will have female directors but a heck of a lot of them will,” Feige said to audience applause, “diversity is something that’s necessary to be able to continue to tell stories.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Widow will take place before the events of the first Avengers film, and will explore the events that led Johansson’s Natalia Alianovna Romanova becoming a Russian super spy. And if this news wasn’t enough to hype you up, bosslogic today release a fan poster for the film, which is pretty much perfect:


More news on Black Widow when we have it.

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