Argentinian auteur Lucrecia Martel has revealed she was approached by Marvel to direct the forthcoming Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson, in what would have been a directorial choice remarkable even by Marvel’s idiosyncratic standards.
In comments reported by the Pioneer, Martel, director of Zama, La Ciénaga and The Headless Woman, told an audience at the Mumbai film festival that she “received an email from Marvel for a meeting ... because they were looking for directors for Black Widow.” She added that she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement about her meeting, but that “Marvel and other such production houses are trying to involve more female film-makers”.
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However, Martel’s distinct lack of enthusiasm for Marvel’s output may have scuppered her chances. She added: “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.”
In the event, Australian film-maker Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome, Lore) was announced as Black Widow’s director in July. Martel said that despite their attempts to recruit women directors, Marvel still mistrusted them in certain aspects of production. “They also told me, ‘Don’t worry about the action scenes, we will take care of that.’ I was thinking, well I would love to meet Scarlett Johansson, but also I would love to make the action sequences … Companies are interested in female film-makers, but they still think action scenes are for male directors.”
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