Marvel Black Widow movie gets writer in latest move toward greenlight

Scarlett Johansson stars as Marvel character Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow

In a signal that Marvel may be getting serious about a Scarlett Johansson-led standalone Black Widow movie, as fans have been clamoring for, the studio has now signed a writer devoted to scripting the project - even as it remains silent on whether any movie is officially in the works at all.

According to Variety, screenwriter Jac Schaeffer has been enlisted to work on the project, which will see Scarlett Johansson play the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanoff) - a role she's brought to the big screen since 2010's Iron Man 2.

The film is still in "very early development", but appointing the scriptwriter is the latest evidence that the movie is still in progress.

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Schaeffer made her feature screenwriting debut with the 2009 Tribeca film "TiMER", which she also directed. There is no word on what the studio's vision is for such a solo movie, but this is the best news yet that signals Johansson will indeed get a film all her own. Or maybe they've seen all our jokes about how this spring's Red Sparrow appears to be a Black Widow movie in disguise. The character is already confirmed to appear in the yet-to-be-titled fourth Avengers movie, which opens on May 3, 2019. But they have hired a writer for it. Jac Schaeffer, who is now working on Nasty Women, the next remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which will star Anne Hathaway. "Of the characters that you've just mentioned I would say certainly that one we're creatively and emotionally committed to doing is Black Widow".

Johansson's next known appearance as Black Widow comes just a few months from now when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4. Still, this does not mean she makes it out of Avengers 4 alive necessarily, as many have expressed interest in seeing her back in her prime spy days.

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