Marvel has reportedly drawn up an all-female shortlist of directors for the standalone 'Black Widow' movie.

The studio is eyeing up the likes of Cate Shortland, Amma Asante and Maggie Betts, having originally started with a list of 49 candidates for the job, Deadline reports.

All three of the shortlisted directors recently met with Marvel boss Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson, who is poised to reprise the role of the Black Widow for the much-anticipated standalone movie.

Scarlett, 33, has previously spoken enthusiastically about the prospect of Black Widow being handed her own film.

And the New York-born star is convinced that Kevin is the perfect person to help guide the project.

She said: ''I think there's room for it. The only way to do it would be if it were something that we've never seen before that was really groundbreaking and incredibly badass.

''I think if anyone could make that happen my boss Kevin Feige could. He's a visionary.''

Scarlett first played the role in 2010's 'Iron Man 2', and she's confident that the character's ''tortured past'' would make for an entertaining standalone film.

The actress - who recently appeared in 'Avengers: Infinity War' - shared: ''I think it could be something really special.

''Theres a lot of room there. The character has a tortured past, she's had to make a lot of difficult decisions. She has a lot of trauma. She's got issues. There's room to work them all out.''