Marvel fans may finally be getting the stand-alone Black Widow film they’ve been begging for! Marvel Studios has taken an exciting step forward in hiring a screenwriter for the character’s first solo film. Jac Schaeffer has been recruited to script the film, although the project is still in “very early development”, and there’s no guarantees the film will even hit cinemas, let alone when. If it does, however, Scarlett Johansson will be back playing Black Widow (a.k.a Natasha Romanoff), a US defected Russian spy, who was first introduced as a member of the superhero team the Avengers in Iron Man 2 (2010). Since then, Johansson has reprised the role of Black Widow in six subsequent films, including the Avengers movies, and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. She’ll also be back in Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to drop mid-2018. Despite her prolific appearances throughout the Marvel Universe, Black Widow has been given primarily supporting roles alongside male heroes, and the stand-alone film will be an exciting shift in Marvel’s usual trend. Marvel announced in 2014 that the character Captain Marvel would be getting her own film, starring Brie Larson, which is set to be released this year.
Jac Schaeffer is best known for writing the female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, entitled Nasty Women, which stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, and is set to be released later this year.