– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It sounds like Marvel Studios is actually taking this Black Widow movie seriously. For years, fans have been waiting to see Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, and while Marvel Studios acknowledged the potential that the character had for a standalone film, but they never really seemed to make any actual steps to making it a reality.

It’s only in recent months that we’ve heard stories about them working on the screenplay for the film. However, in my mind, a movie only becomes slightly less theoretical once the search for a director begins, and it sounds like Marvel Studios is at that point right now.

According to a new report from THR, they have started meeting with filmmakers to helm the project, and they’re making a conscious effort to give it to a female director. Filmmakers they have reportedly met with include Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom). It’s worth noting that they’ve met with several others, and while these were named in the report, this is by no means a shortlist.

Of course, while this makes the whole deal only slightly less theoretical, there is still plenty of room for it not to happen. Only once the project is in front of us in theaters can it truly not fall through, but that’s neither here nor there. The good news is that a Black Widow film is slowly, but surely becoming a real possibility.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.