Report: Stand-alone ‘Black Widow’ movie is off to a massive development

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED January 11, 2018 11:45 am
Scarlett Johansson aka Black Widow. Photo: Marvel Studios

(Inside Manila) Marvel Studios has hired writer Jac Schaeffer to pen a screenplay for a solo "Black Widow" movie starring Scarlett Johansson—the first actual development of the film fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been yearning for years—Variety said in a report.


Variety also reported that this is still a very early development, as the film has yet to receive greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a stand-alone film.


Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer, and Marvel execs met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a “Black Widow” writer, the report added.


Marvel has been promising a "Black Widow" movie for years now, yet time and time again, the word from the studio was that the timing wasn’t right. In 2016, Feige said that Marvel was “committing” to a Black Widow movie.


Now, it seems the timing is finally right. Doubts in a female-led superhero film being a success was shattered last year when "Wonder Woman" starring Gal Gadot proved to be a box office hit.


Fans of the MCU character have been pushing for her own movie since she first appeared in “Iron Man 2” and with the latest phase of Marvel films coming to a close, Marvel may see this as the best time to move forward with the project.


Johansson has appeared as Black Widow in six Marvel films, the next one being the “Avengers: Infinity War.”


"Avengers: Infinity War” will hit the Philippine cinemas one week ahead of its US debut on April 2018. It is the 19th film of the MCU and will be the culmination of everything that the studio has been working toward since its first film, "Iron Man," in 2008.

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