He helmed the great horror film "The Descent" and the action period film "Centurion," but filmmaker Neil Marshall has more recently achieved much acclaim for this work on television.
Marshall helmed the famed battle-themed episodes "Blackwater" and "Watchers on the Wall" on HBO's "Game of Thrones," he steered the pilot and third episode of Starz' pirate drama "Black Sails," and he's the man behind the upcoming pilot for NBC's "Constantine".
He is keen to get back to film though, especially a film centred around an ass-kicking woman. In a recent Vanity Fair interview, Marshall said:
"I think I'd like to do a big movie with a strong female lead, whether or not she would be a superhero. I'm more interested in characters like Scarlett Johansson in Lucy. I'm less interested in people with superpowers because I can't identify with them. Very rarely do they get killed off, and when they do get killed off, chances are they're going to be back... somehow."
At this point the interviewer asked him if he'd be open to directing Scarlett Johansson in a solo Black Widow Marvel film?
"Yes, I'd love to do a big splashy movie with a great female lead, but it has to be someone I can believe in. I would love to do a Black Widow movie. That's perfect, I would love to do that. That character is really interesting, she doesn't have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah."
Whether a "Black Widow" film will happen though is unsure at this point. Marvel is under pressure to get a female superhero-centric movie on the screen but it has been speculated that a solo Ms. Marvel film will potentially be the first cab off the rank.