Marvel Moving Ahead with 'Black Widow' Movie; Writer Chosen

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Why does Captain Marvel get her standalone film released way before Black Widow, who has been with us for years? Now, roughly a year and a half later, the studio has made good on that commitment: Marvel has hired director Jac Schaeffer to write the movie. Schaeffer is writing the script for Nasty Women, a female-focused spin on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that will also star Hathaway.

According to Variety, the project is in its very early stages and it hasn't been greenlit yet. Given the character's rise in popularity with mainstream audiences since debuting in Iron Man 2 it wouldn't be completely surprising to learn that a Black Widow film is on the agenda. I think part of it is also down to Black Widow's lack of superpowers. Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige conducted multiple meetings with several screenwriters before eventually deciding on Schaeffer, and Marvel executives apparently met with Johansson to discuss what she wanted from a "Black Widow" film. Black Widow was first featured in 2010's "Iron Man 2" and has since appeared in many Marvel's films, including "The Avengers" films, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Captain America: Civil War". She previously wrote the Disney short animated film Olaf's Frozen Adventure and wrote an alien invasion story that was included in the infamous Black List, an annual listing of the best unmade screenplays in Hollywood.

Johansson's Black Widow will next appear in the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, which arrives in Australia on April 25 and opens in the United States on May 4. She'll reprise her Black Widow role once again in Avengers: Infinity War, out this May.

Although a Black Widow movie has been a topic of discussion for years, this is the first time that it finally looks like it might become a reality. The Charlize Theron film resonated with audiences and although her character, Lorraine Broughton, is different from Romanoff's, "there definitely is a similar sort of energy in terms of how they could be told onscreen".