Marvel wanted the action scenes to be shot by a man.
Lucrecia Martel could have made Black Widow , the Marvel movie with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. But the Argentine director preferred to refuse. She explains why in the Indian newspaper The Daily Pioneer . His refusal would have to do with the sexist attitude of the studio.
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The director went to Marvel’s ten-year meeting to discuss the project. “Marvel and other studios are trying to involve more female directors ,” she says, “They told me at the meeting that they needed a director because they needed someone who was concerned through the development of Scarlett Johansson’s character. “
The studio obviously does not completely trust Lucrecia Martel. “They also told me ‘Do not worry about the action scenes, we’ll take care of them.’ I thought I’d love to meet Scarlett Johansson, but I’d also love to shoot the action scenes. ” Given Marvel’s lack of interest in her approach, the director did not respond.
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“The studios are interested in the directors but they still think that the action scenes only concern men,” says Lucrecia Martel. It is finally Cate Shortland ( The Adventurous Jump , Lore , Berlin Syndrome ), Australian filmmaker, who was chosen to realize Widow , the first film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe directed by a woman.