The Black Widow Movie Seems to Be Finally Happening

01/10/2018

as it has found a writer.

 

Variety and The Wrap report that Marvel has hired writer Jac Schaeffer to write a screenplay for a Black Widow standalone movie. No story details were revealed in the report, but evidently Marvel is now committed to seeing its resident super spy finally venture out on her own. Bear in mind that this is not an official plan to put the film into production, but it's certainly a positive step forward for a film that has been mooted as far back as the character's first appearance in Iron Man 2. According to Variety, Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige met various candidates and decided that Schaeffer was the best person for the job, with Johansson having input into the search.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow is, of course, played by Scarlett Johansson. The deadly Russian spy turned superhero first appeared in Iron Man 2 and has since become a leader of The Avengers, all the way up to and including Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, out this year and next. She’s a huge star and a big player in the universe so, Variety says, she was also brought in to discuss what she’d like to see in the movie.

Jac Schaeffer is best known for her Black List script The Shower, which is a sci-fi comedy about an alien invasion during a baby shower, which Anne Hathaway was quickly attached to produce and star in. The project will be Schaeffer’s first time working in the Marvel universe. She previously wrote the Disney short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” as well as the upcoming Nasty Women, a female-led remake of the Steve Martin and Michael Caine comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. While it’s too early to tell if the Black Widow movie will end up in theaters, Marvel’s slate of “phase three” films currently runs through 2019, so any potential standalone Black Widow movie would likely arrive after that chapter in the cinematic universe.