Marvel Black Widow movie gets writer in latest move toward greenlight

Oscar Cross
January 12, 2018

Many fans have been outspoken about their wish for a standalone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, and it looks like Disney/Marvel is closer than ever to giving us one. According to Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jac Schaeffer has been hired to write a script. Schaeffer is writing the script for Nasty Women, a female-focused spin on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that will also star Hathaway.

Variety reports that the projects in still in the "very early" stages of development, with the film yet to be given the greenlight. Don't expect a Black Widow movie before 2020.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, reportedly met with multiple candidates before selecting Schaeffer to pen Black Widow.

As per Variety, Marvel has at last made a decision to pay heed to all those fans who have wondered at some point why Johansson's Black Widow character can't have her own film. However, in the years since then, while Marvel Studios has been seemingly receptive to the idea, they certainly haven't worked to make it any kind of priority in their production line. Johansson is also set to appear in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War" as well as the sequel due out next year. And finally, her standalone film could be moving forward. "She's got a really rich origins story", the actress told Variety in 2016 of Black Widow (AKA Natalia "Natasha" Romanova), a Russian agent who was trained as a spy, martial artist, and sniper from the time she was a young girl.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) graduated from their solo franchises to the team-up - and were joined by two other heroes introduced along the way: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Johansson).

Turns out, Marvel Studios is now serious about making a standalone Black Widow movie.

Black Widow fans have waited for nearly ten years for even a whisper of a rumor that goes beyond, "We're thinking about it".

Despite her being a rather prominent character in the MCU, Marvel have failed to give her the leading role. Why?

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