Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News The Black Widow movie looks like it’s actually happening. And after only, what, eight years of asking for it? The movie just took a big step forward with the news that a director has signed onto the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Australian director Cate Shortland has signed on to helm the long-awaited film. Shortland is most famous for Lore. No, not the podcast-based Amazon show. The 2012 drama about five German siblings in the aftermath of World War II.That’s a very different movie than the spy-superhero-action flick Marvel’s Black Widow will be. Shortland reportedly has a huge fan in star Scarlett Johansson. Marvel interviewed over 70 directors, and narrowed the field to a final three of Shortland, Amma Asante and Maggie Betts. Johansson reportedly pushed for Shortland to land the job, admiring how she directed the female lead in Lore. So there’s a script and now a fantastic director attached to the project. It’s looking like Black Widow movie is actually happening, you guys!Don’t take this news as a spoiler for Avengers 4, though. Though it will come out sometime after that movie, it will be set before the first Avengers. This movie’s existence is still no guarantee that Black Widow (or Hawkeye) will make it out of the next fight with Thanos in one piece. There are no concrete details about what the exact plot of the movie will be, but I’m already on board for a comic book spy movie. Maybe we’ll finally find out what happened in Budapest.Abby Ryder Fortson, Paul Rudd (Via Marvel)By now, you’ve had a chance to see Ant-Man and the Wasp, and you know why Scott Lang was absent during Avengers: Infinity War. Turns out he was under house arrest, and the choice was either break his parole again to fight Thanos (and probably get killed/erased from existence), losing all contact with his daughter, or obey the law and stay with her. Given what we know about Scott’s character, the choice was obvious. But that’s not the only hint at the goings on in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man and the Wasp could contain a hint as to what Marvel plans to do next.As Nerdist points out, there’s a scene where Scott’s daughter Cassie tells her dad he needs a partner. That’s implied to be The Wasp, but she really means herself. She wants to go out and fight crime alongside her dad. That isn’t just a cute line given to a precocious kid. She really wants to join her dad in the fight against evil, and there looks to be every reason she might. You know, one day. Eventually.There’s certainly comics precedent for it. Cassie was one of the founding members of the Young Avengers, a group of teen heroes who assembled after the main Avengers broke up. She stole some Pym particles from her dad to gain his shrinking power. Of course, Scott died in that storyline. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen here, but who knows what Avengers 4 will bring? No matter what, we’re not going to see much more of that original team after next year, as the actors move onto other things. The Young Avengers would be a logical next step for these movies to take. They’ve even already cast a teenage version of Cassie to appear in Avengers 4… somehow. Oh man, is there a time jump? It’d make sense, given the mid-credits scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Aaaand now I’m sad again.via MarvelEver since the Marvel Netflix shows began, fans have wanted to see them cross over. Just one appearance of an Avenger in Hell’s Kitchen, or Harlem or wherever it is Iron Fist lives. We know the shows take place in the MCU. They reference the events of the movies at least once per season, but the movies don’t acknowledge any of the TV shows. It’s unfortunate, but the production schedules of TV and movies make any team-ups pretty much impossible. We can dream, though. And we’re not the only ones.Daredevil star Charlie Cox spoke at Las Vegas Comic Con, per Collider. The actor couldn’t give too many details away, mostly because he’s almost as in the dark as the rest of us. He has no idea when or if a second season of The Defenders will happen. He doesn’t know how or if a real movie-TV series crossover would ever be a thing, but he does know what he wants to see. First though, he made it very clear that this wasn’t meant to be any kind of hint.“I have to be really careful here. I mean, I’m sure I can say this. And I’ll just preface it by saying that I can’t see how this would happen. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But I have no information to suggest that this would ever happen. But it’d be really cool to see…” and then he dropped this on everyone: “I’d love to do something with Spider-Man.”Um, yes please. I don’t care what Marvel has to do, please make this happen. Not only are both Cox and Tom Holland fantastic in their roles, Spider-Man and Daredevil have a long history of partnerships (and occasional antagonism) in the comics. The issue that got me into Daredevil to begin with was their brief team-up after Daredevil’s identity was leaked to the press. (I still maintain that the Brian Michael Bendis/Alex Maleeve era was the best time to be reading Daredevil.) Who knows if this will ever really happen, but it’s comforting to know we’ve got someone behind the scenes on our side.Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba (Photo via 20th Century Fox)Cox isn’t the only one who wants to interact more with the MCU. If the deal goes through for Disney to buy 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios will have access to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. If Marvel’s First Family did make an appearance, it would most likely be an all new cast. None of the three Fox movies are remembered all that fondly. But one actor from the 2005 film wants to make a return. Ioan Gruffudd, who played Mr. Fantastic 13 years ago, wants to be in the MCU.In an interview with Digital Spy, Gruffudd said, “I would love that. I just don’t know, in that universe, the Marvel world, would they let me play something else? I’m so renowned for Fantastic Four. But a couple of actors have [made the leap].”He’s certainly right about that. If Marvel did cast him, Gruffudd would be the third actor from a Fox-produced Fantastic Four to appear in the MCU. He’d be the first who didn’t play The Human Torch, though. Chris Evans played Johnny Storm in the 2005 Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Then in 2015, Michael B. Jordan played the character in the reboot everyone tried to forget immediately. Both went on to have brilliant roles in the MCU. Evans as, of course, Captain America and Jordan as Killmonger in Black Panther. If he had a choice, Gruffudd wants to follow in Jordan’s footsteps.“Maybe [I could play] a baddie, this time? Now that I’ve established myself as somebody who can do that, that would be great.”I’d be down to see Gruffudd in the MCU, and not just because Welsh names are fun to type. I actually have a soft spot for those first two Fantastic Four movies. Sure, they were silly and corny, but they knew that. Especially the second one. It brought in the Fantasticar, for Thor’s sake! Those movies recognized that the Fantastic Four, by nature, is goofy and Silver Age, and if you take that stuff out, you remove a lot of the fun too. Plus, Ioan is great in them. I mean, how else do you play somebody who thought “Mr. Fantastic” was a really cool name?Photo via MarvelFinally, there’s some news about a Marvel movie that is officially not in the MCU. Sony’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy, is coming out later this year. (I know, right?) Hardy shared a few details in a feature in Entertainment Weekly that let us know exactly what kind of movie it’s going to be. Specifically, it’s going to be violent. Remember, this isn’t part of the MCU. Disney and Marvel Studios have no input on this thing. From the sounds of things, they’re going full horror movie with certain scenes here.Venom, Hardy promised, will not be a traditional superhero. Most Marvel heroes have rules. Venom, not so much. “There’s that biting-off-heads issue,” Hardy says. “which is not what you would expect from, say, Captain America taking down a crook.”No, but let’s just say I’ve seen some fan art… Anyway, Hardy also talks up Eddie Brock’s love-hate relationship with his symbiote. The movie version of Brock is a principled journalist, trying to find the truth. And he’s not all the way on board with the symbiote’s thinking. “There’s a tragic clown element, which I find funny and is harmonious with some of the work that I like to do. There’s something funny about the circumstances of having a gift but it’s a tragic gift,” Hardy said. “It’s a superpower you don’t really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He’s a reluctant hero and an anti-hero.”That could be an interesting story, and Hardy is certainly the actor to make it work. Now if only they’d pronounce “symbiote” correctly.