Here’s The Reason Lucrecia Martel Turned Down Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’

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The amount of secrecy that Marvel Studios, and by extension, Walt Disney Studios, have that surrounds the Marvel related projects is no doubt high. More than that, the studios bring a certain set of standards and criterias for those involved, whether actors, directors, or the production team alike. Meanwhile, it’s been years since we first saw Natasha Romanoff enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man 2, and only as of recent have there been active talks of a Black Widow film that is, at last, coming to past. But director Lucrecia Martel passed on the job.

Lucrecia Martel is an Argentinian filmmaker who was once offered the opportunity by Marvel Studios to direct the upcoming Black Widow project. She was even invited to Marvel Studios’ 10th year anniversary event, but had to sign a form indicating that she couldn’t discuss said event. While Lucrecia Martel was no doubt interested in directing all aspects of the film, she revealed at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (via The Pioneer) that Marvel Studios only wanted her for the character portions, not the action:

“What they told me in the meeting was ‘we need a female director because we need someone who is mostly concerned with the development of Scarlett Johansson’s character.’ 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.”

It makes sense. After all, if you’re going to direct the project, why wouldn’t you want to direct the action sequences as well? But as far as Lucrecia Martel is concerned, Marvel Studios still believes that when it comes to directing action sequences, that’s for the boys’ club only:

“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.”

Martel did later quip that she’d love to direct Black Widow if offered, but it seems that her issues with Marvel Studios extend well beyond how the studio approaches action scenes. And while Black Widow does now have a director in the form of Cate Shortland, it’s interesting to see the conditions in which acclaimed directors pass on or walk away from Marvel Studios-related projects, as we’ve seen with directors like Ava DuVernay, Edgar Wright, and Patty Jenkins, just to name a few.

But what do you think? Do you believe that Martel has a point in that the director should also direct the action scenes for a Black Widow film? And what do you make of her comments about other aspects with Marvel Studios films, such as the soundtrack and special effects? On the rare instance that a soundtrack for a Marvel Studios film is actually memorable, anyway. Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Pioneer

Here’s Every Hero Who Appears In The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer

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Avengers Endgame Marvel_Studios_Captain America Chris EvansToday, Marvel Studios released the first official trailer for Avengers: Endgame and revealed which heroes will likely be on hand for the re-match against Thanos.

Avengers: Infinity War united nearly every hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the showdown with Thanos and after a decade of films that proved to be an extensive roster. However, the Marvel Studios epic concluded with Thanos succeeding in his mission to acquire the Infinity Stones and use their power to erase half of the universe's population, with many of the aforementioned heroes being included among the casualties. Fortunately, the original Avengers teammates survived Thanos' decimation and it appears they will be joined by a few the new heroes who debuted since the group initially formed when they head into the second showdown with Thanos.

Click "Next" to see a full list of heroes featured in the trailer!

Iron ManAvengers Endgame Robert Downey Jr. Iron ManAfter being spared by Thanos, Tony Stark can be seen adrift in space with limited supplies and oxygen. Although Nebula appears to be with him, the unlikely companions seem to be lost with little chance of being rescued, though it is hard to imagine that Stark will spend most of what could be his final adventure away from the action.

Captain America

Captain America Avengers Endgame Winter SoldierThe First Avenger will unsurprisingly return for the conclusion of the first decade of Marvel Studios stories and he is determined to undo Thanos' decimation. Of course, many fans are concerned that reversing the decimation could come at a great cost for Captain America considering Chris Evans' contract expired with Avengers: Endgame.

Black Widow

Avengers Endgame Black Widow Marvel StudiosNatasha Romanoff, a.k.a Black Widow, returns for Avengers: Endgame and it appears she's been assessing the consequences of Thanos' actions. Standing by Captain America's side as they head to attempt to reverse the decimation, Black Widow seems confident that their plan cannot fail.


Avengers Endgame Chris Hemsworth Thor MarvelAlthough Thor nearly defeated Thanos by stabbing through the chest with Stormbreaker, The Mad Titan had enough energy left to use the Infinity Stones to heal himself while erasing 50% of the population in the universe. Now, a contemplative Thor can be seen in the Avengers: Endgame trailer and one can't fault him for reflecting on the fact that victory was almost in his grasp.


Avengers Endgame Nebula Marvel StudiosNebula and Rocket Raccoon were the only Guardians of the Galaxy characters to survive Thanos' wrath, with former being left alone on Titan with Tony Stark. With the film expected to conclude Thanos' and Nebula having more reason than most to see the Mad Titan brought to justice, fans are hoping she will have an extensive role Avengers: Endgame.


Avengers Endgame Hawkeye RoninThe new trailer also confirmed that Hawkeye will assume the Ronin mantle when he returns and the death of family is the likely reason for his new identity. It appears Natasha will attempt to recruit her old friend when they embark on a mission to defeat Thanos, but whether or not Hawkeye agreed to join them remains to be seen.


Avengers Endgame Scott Lang Ant-Man Paul Rudd Marvel Studios

After the mid-credits scene for Ant-Man and the Wasp, many were theorizing that the Avengers would have to rescue Scott Lang from the Quantum Realm and subsequently use the alternate dimension to travel back in time to defeat Thanos. While it appears Scott Lang managed to escape on his own, he may have brought the van containing the way to the Quantum Realm to the Avengers' front door.

Bruce Banner

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While the Hulk was absent from the first Avengers: Endgame trailer, Bruce Banner managed to make a brief appearance. The brilliant scientist could be seen assessing the list of casualties of Thanos' decimation and it has clearly taken an emotional toll.

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