An ongoing fan complaint in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the studio’s hesitation in giving Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own standalone film, but now it seems serious steps are underway to make a S.H.I.E.L.D’s super-spy thriller.
Variety reports that Marvel Studios has hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write a script for the currently untitled film.
While the project is still deep in development stages without a formal greenlight, the fact that Marvel is even developing a Black Widow movie, pulling her out of her ongoing hero support role in the MCU, is significant. Johansson has been part of the larger franchise for the last thirteen years, beginning with her first appearance in Iron Man 2. Widow is a part of a growing trend of women inclusion in prominent roles, as Marvel announced the character Captain Marvel would also be getting her own standalone film. (It opens later this year, with Brie Larson in the title role.) Some sources even speculate Black Widow could be the launching point for an all-female cast Marvel movie.
The project will be Schaeffer’s first Marvel project. 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 make it to the big screen, Marvel’s slate of “phase three” films currently runs through 2019, so any possible standalone Black Widow movie would likely arrive after that chapter.
I’ve personally always loved MCU Black Widow because of the way she carries herself as a fighter and negotiator, whether taking down six men while tied to a chair or calming down a rampaging Hulk. I definitely would approve of any effort to give her the screen-time her character deserves to delve deeper into her background and possibly seeing her lead a team of female ‘Avengers’ just amps up the fun factor. Keeping my fingers crossed that this Black Widow hits Solid Gold.
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