12 January, 2018
Fans have been steadily pushing for a Black Widow movie since the character's MCU debut in 2010's Iron Man 2, bothbecause of the character's nearly unique place in the franchise as its most prominent female superhero and Scarlett Johansson's star power.
Way back in May 2016, Marvel head Kevin Feige said the studio was "committing" to a standalone Black Widow film. She broke out with her Black List script "The Shower", a comedy about an alien invasion during a baby shower which has Anne Hathaway attached to star in and produce.
Apparently, Marvel stated at some point a few years ago that they would eventually make the Black Widow movie, but they did so in such loose, vague terms that it didn't actually seem real.
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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow is, of course, played by Scarlett Johansson. But that may finally change, as Marvel has reportedly hired a screenwriter to pen a "Black Widow" standalone movie. At the whims of other writers and directors who weren't giving the character the spotlight, Black Widow became nearly too malleable in the process. The writer in question is relative newcomer Jac Schaeffer. Johansson has been portraying the life of Black Widow since she was featured in the 2010 film, "Iron Man 2". This is a ideal opportunity for Marvel Studios to play with genres other than strict superheroics, much like they did with space opera/light comedy in Guardians Of The Galaxy.
This will be the second female-led MCU film, after Brie Larson's Captain Marvel which is set to release next year. Certainly, fans have been anticipating the solo debut of Captain Marvel, but that's been on the release slate since the studio announced it in 2014. Black Widow, in the upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. Hathaway also "tapped" Schaeffer to write her Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake, Nasty Women.
Johansson herself was also brought in to discuss her own ambitions for the character and what she'd like to see in a standalone film. Ever since, fans of the franchise have been calling for her to get her own film.