Scarlett Johansson’s solo Black Widow film finally moving forward

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.(Facebook/CaptainAmerica)

Plans for the long-awaited solo movie of Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel character, Black Widow, is finally moving forward, as the project adds a screenwriter to pen the yet untitled movie’s script.

Marvel Studios has hired Jac Schaeffer to write a script for the solo movie that centers on the deadly agent Natasha Romanoff, who is also a member of the superhero team Avengers. The project is still in early development stages and has not yet received a green light to be produced.

Johansson’s character was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) way back in 2010 when she appeared in “Iron Man 2.” Since then, she has appeared in four other Marvel movies, and she is set to appear in the two upcoming Avengers films.

However, despite Black Widow’s prominence in the MCU and her popularity among fans, Romanoff continued to be relegated to the sidelines with supporting roles. The studio, meanwhile, went on to produce and release more male-led standalone movies for its tried and tested superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, as well as brand new characters like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange.

In 2014, Marvel finally appeared to move away from the trend when it announced that it would release a solo movie about Captain Marvel. The upcoming movie will star Brie Larson in the title role and is set to be released later this year.

Should the Black Widow movie be greenlit for production, it would most likely come after MCU’s Phase Three, which will run until 2019.

Marvel President Kevin Feige considered a number of candidates before hiring, Schaeffer, who is an up and coming writer beginning to make a name for herself. Her breakout script “The Shower,” which is about an alien invasion during a baby shower, was quickly picked up by actress Anne Hathaway who will be starring in the future movie. Schaeffer also wrote “Nasty Women,” a female-centric remake of Steve Martin and Michael Caine’s comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”