The star loved Shortland's 2012 drama Lore so much she personally recommended Shortland be at the helm for Black Widow.
Shortland is an Australian director best known for features like Lore and Berlin Syndrome, but Black Widow marks her biggest project to date by far. Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok was widely praised, particularly for its distinctly Waititi-style humour.
The Black Widow movie will be set before the events of the first Avengers film and will be Marvel's second female superhero film after Captain Marvel, which is scheduled to be released in the United States of America on March 8, 2019.
Johansson made her debut as the character in 2010's Iron Man 2 and has appeared in multiple other Marvel Studios movies including Captain America: The WInter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and both of the Avengers movies.
Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer - now working on a forthcoming female-centric reimagining of Dirty Rotten Scoundels, starring Anne Hathaway - is behind the script.
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Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) has an updated user interface inside of the Windows Security section as of this release. Today is Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month, when Microsoft releases updates for all supported versions of Windows.
Warframe is headed to Nintendo Switch
These bosses get triggered if you start killing too many of their spider spawns across the world. There will also be a single-player hoverboard to jet across the landscape.
Trump lands in United Kingdom after swipe at Theresa May
The president revealed that he knows about the mocking 20-foot "Trump Baby" blimp that flew over Parliament Square on Thursday. Trump also said that if May's Brexit plans included sticking to European Union rules it could prevent a US-UK trade deal.