Filmmaker Amma Asante is reportedly on the shortlist of favorites to direct Marvel’s anticipated Black Widow movie.  Asante is joined by other rumored contenders Maggie Betts and Cate Shortland as potential directors for the film.

Marvel Studios has been very thorough in its search for a filmmaker to helm it’s upcoming film, and Asante, Shortland, and Betts all met with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, to discuss their visions for the film.  According to sources, the studio has met with over 65 different directors about the Black Widow film, most of which have been women. Black Widow is expected to be one of the first movies released as part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which helps explain why Marvel is eager to confirm a director for the project.

The Black Widow movie first made news at the start of 2018 with the report that a screenplay was being written. Rumors then circulated in late April that Marvel was adamant about hiring a female director.

In the past, Marvel approached other critically acclaimed female directors to helm other projects. Powerhouse director Ava DuVernay, turned down the opportunity to direct Black Panther, and Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) was set to direct Thor: The Dark World before Marvel took her off the project.

Asante is the British filmmaker behind indie favorites Belle and A United Kingdom.  She recently wrapped her latest film, Where Hands Touch, starring Amandla Stenberg, Abbie Cornish, and Christopher Eccleston, which tells the story of a bi-racial teen trying to survive in Nazi Germany. She is now working on directing The Billion Dollar Spy based on the true tale by David E. Hoffman about a man who became the most valuable spy at The Pentagon during the final years of the Cold War, and it was just announced that she has joined the director roster for Pulse Films. Commercial representation.