Marvel Studios' plans beyond Avengers 4 are currently unclear. However, it appears that the previously rumored Black Widow film is all but confirmed to be part of the company's Phase Four plans, as the studio has begun looking at a handful of potential directors, all of whom are women.
The news comes on the heels of Paramount eyeing Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson to helm Star Trek 4. While it appears Marvel Studios is still a ways off from selecting a director for Black Widow, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed it has met with the likes of Deniz Gamze Erguven, Chloe Zhao and Amma Asante. However, this does not necessarily mean the studio has begun to narrow down potential candidates -- the report makes it clear that the studio's search continues.
While it sounds like the selection process is still in early stages, the trio of directors Marvel has met with for the project are nonetheless intriguing. Amma Asante is the perhaps the biggest name of the three, having quickly proven to be a director to watch with her work on films such as Belle and the forthcoming Where Hands Touch. Erguven is best known for her work on the Turkish film Mustang, while Chao's The Rider was nominated for a Spirit Award.
Just recently, it was reported that Black Widow will be a prequel set before the character's introduction in Iron Man 2. The film "will find Natasha living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union" and may feature an appearance by Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier, who was said to be mentioned during early conversations regarding the project. The script is currently being written by Jac Shaeffer, who wrote Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and the upcoming The Shower and Nasty Women.
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will make her next big screen appearance in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War, which also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film arrives April 27.