Marvel Studios is moving forward with a Black Widow standalone film. The studio has hired Jac Schaeffer to pen the script and Scarlett Johansson will star. This is does not mean the movie has a green light, but this is the first time a writer for the ever-developing project has been named.
Marvel Studios executives, including studio president Kevin Feige, first met with Johansson to figure out what everyone wanted from a Black Widow writer. Feige then met with several writers before deciding on Schaeffer.
Schaeffer is an up and coming writer with plenty of momentum in her own right. She got Hollywood’s attention with her Black List script, The Shower. She’s also writing the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake, Nasty Women, starring Anne Hathaway. Schaeffer also penned the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure short for Disney.
This is huge news. Feige and Johansson have talked about a Black Widow movie forever, but it’s never gone past “we’d love to make one.” This is the first major momentum the film has enjoyed, so hopefully Schaeffer is able to crack the story and turn in a script that Marvel will soon turn into a go film.
I suppose this also bodes well for Black Widow’s survival odds in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, unless of course this is a prequel.