Lucrecia Martel was once approached to helm the Black Widow solo film and now, the director is slamming Marvel Studios for the model they use for their films. The Argentinan filmmaker is known for films like The Holy Girl and The Headless Woman and a more recent Zama which was based on a 1956 novel by Antonio De Benedetto.
Scarlett Johannson has been an actress for several years before joining the MCU, but today she’s more recognised for her role as Black Widow. Black Widow debuted in the comics in 1964’s Tales of Suspense #2 but her Cinematic debut took place in 2010’s Iron Man. For years, fans have been willing to see a movie around the characters and now they are finally going to get it.
Marvel seems to be moving ahead with a Black Widow solo film, aiming for a release date in 2020! It was revealed in April that Marvel has been contacting female directors for the film but now one of those directors have some ruthless words for the studio.
As reported by The Pioneer, Martel revealed her experience with Marvel while talking at Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival. She explained that while Marvel is now allowing women to direct films, they still don’t think that women directors can handle action sequences. She said, “Companies are interested in female filmmakers but they still think action scenes are for male directors. The first thing I asked them was maybe if they could change the special effects because there’s so many laser lights… I find them horrible. Also the soundtrack of Marvel films is quite horrendous. Maybe we disagree on this but it’s really hard to watch a Marvel film. It’s painful to the ears to watch Marvel films”
She finished by saying that she would still be interested in making a Black Widow film. However, Cate Shortland has been hired for the film and besides this, we don’t know much about the film yet. Even though Martel has some unkind words for Marvel Studios, it’s reassuring that they are finally focusing on more female superheroes while hinting that female directors and writers can work on projects like Captain Marvel and Black Widow.