Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ standalone movie is totally finally happening seriously

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Marvel’s Black Widow movie is finally happening. Seriously. No, seriously. It’s got a screenwriter and everything!


It’s finally happening: the MCU is moving ahead with a solo Black Widow movie. Marvel Studios has hired Jac Schaeffer to write the script for the Scarlett Johansson-starring film – a film that fans have been talking about for a very long time.

After years of hemming and hawing over whether or not a stand-alone Black Widow film would grace the MCU, Marvel is finally making it happen. Variety reports that up-and-coming writer Jac Schaeffer has been hired to pen the script for the Scarlett Johansson film. Schaeffer wrote an alien invasion script called The Shower that ended up on The Black List and caught the eye of Anne Hathaway. Hathway then hired Schaeffer to write Nasty Women, a female-centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Now, Schaeffer has apparently joined the MCU.

This is exciting news. Marvel has been promising a Black Widow movie for years now, yet time and time again, the word from Marvel was that the timing wasn’t right. In 2016, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that Marvel was “committing” to a Black Widow movie. Early last year, Johansson repeated the story about the fate of the film being a matter of timing:

“I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself. Marvel has a really huge roster. They’re looking four years ahead. I also have a lot of things that I want to do. If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing. It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.”