Black Widow Finally Set To Get Her Own Standalone Marvel Movie
We all know how much Marvel has been killing it in recent years with both their films and TV series, and they're continuing that run with the news that they're finally giving Black Widow a movie of her own.
The character - played by Scarlett Johansson - first hit our screens in 2010 when she appeared in Iron Man 2, before featuring prominently in the three Avengers movies, but has never been the featured lead.
That's now set to change. Variety has announced that Jac Schaeffer is penning the script for a standalone Black Widow movie.
Schaeffer is best known for Nasty Women, a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that stars Anne Hathaway.
This is Schaeffer's first time working with Marvel, though given that Disney owns Marvel, and Schaeffer has also written the Disney short Olaf's Frozen Adventure, you could say that it's not her first time working for the company.
Johansson, on the other hand, is now seasoned superhero, chalking up numerous background and supporting roles since that 2010 debut, but this will be her first time taking the lead as Black Widow.
The character of Black Widow made her first appearance in a comic book back in 1964, in Tales Of Suspense issue 52, as a non-costumed Russian spy.
Later defecting to the USA, Black Widow - real name Natalia Alianovna Romanova, and Americanised as Natasha Romanoff - got a costume upgrade in 1970, which consisted of a skintight black suit with wristbands that fired spider threads.
It's this incarnation of the character - who is a member of both the Avengers and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - that Johansson has been brought to life in the six films in which she's played the character.
While this news is a welcome development for the Marvel movie universe, it still may not happen for a while. The film has yet to be greenlit and probably wouldn't be released till after 2019 if it does get the go-ahead, but this is nevertheless a significant development - and one which fans of the character have been pushing for since Iron Man 2.
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