Marvel moves ahead with script for Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow movie

by Sophie Craig January 12, 2018, 0:42
Marvel moves ahead with script for Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow movie

Black Widow may finally get her own movie soon. Jac Schaeffer has been hired to write the script, Variety reports.

Hathaway then tapped her to write Nasty Women, the remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels she is also starring in, alongside Rebel Wilson.

Not too long ago, there was a time when an executive supposedly vetoed any Black Widow toys for Avengers: Age of Ultron due to the prominent misconception that girls do not buy superhero toys. Marvel also reportedly had a meeting with Johansson to discuss what she wanted from a potential Black Widow screenwriter.

As per Variety, Marvel has at last chose 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.

Now, perhaps as the MCU rolls towards its pinnacle with "Infinity War", someone at the studio has looked around and realized that they don't have any films at all scheduled after 2019's "Captain Marvel".

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Schaeffer is an up and coming screenwriter who has penned The Shower, a spec script that caught the attention of Anne Hathaway.

The character was introduced in the second Iron Man movie in 2010 and has been played by Scarlett Johansson in six released and two unreleased Marvel movies since. Despite critical review of her past Marvel performances, Johansson has a history of popular films.

This May 2016 piece from Vanity Fair summed up the frustration at the contortions Marvel boss Kevin Feige seemed to be putting himself through to avoid committing to a Black Widow film. The Black Widow project, however, has still not received the green light, according to Variety.

Scarlett Johansson has starred as Natasha Romanoff's alter ego in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - including appearances in the likes of "Iron Man 2" and "Captain America: Winter Soldier" - but a stand-alone blockbuster has never been confirmed. From there, her character became a part of the Avengers crew, showing up in four other films from the franchise, as well as in an uncredited role in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.

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