During the Mumbai film festival, renowned Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel shared with the audience that she was approached by Marvel to direct their upcoming film Black Widow, which stars Scarlett Johansson. Martel, known for her films Zama, La Ciénaga, and The Headless Woman, revealed that she received an email from Marvel and was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the meeting. She also mentioned that she believes Marvel and other production houses are making efforts to involve more female filmmakers. Martel’s involvement would have been noteworthy even by Marvel’s unique standards.
Martel’s lack of enthusiasm towards Marvel’s films may have hindered her chances of being considered for the role of director for Black Widow. She expressed her dislike for the excessive use of laser lights and the soundtrack in Marvel films. Despite Marvel’s efforts to recruit female directors, Martel believes that the company still has reservations about their capabilities, particularly when it comes to action scenes. Cate Shortland was ultimately chosen as the film’s director. The development of a movie centered around Black Widow has been in the works since 2004, with Scarlett Johansson first portraying the character in Iron Man 2 in 2010. Black Widow has since appeared in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.
Martel gained recognition in the early 2000s for her depiction of the self-absorbed and ethically corrupt middle-class society in Argentina. Despite having limited releases, Martel has become a popular figure at various film festivals. Her latest work, Zama, has received critical acclaim and secured a spot on the Guardian’s year-end list. It was even selected by Argentina to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. In jest, Martel shared her desire to direct Black Widow, stating “Just in case any of this is going to be on YouTube…”