Marvel Studios may have plans for Natasha Romanov. The studio has reportedly tapped Blacklist screenwriter Jac Shaeffer to write Black Widow, a solo movie focusing on Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel Cinematic Universe character. The news stems from a source who approached TheWrap.
Fans have clamored see Johansson’s Avenger finally star in her own feature and this development, if true, is a stride in the right direction. Black Widow first appeared in Iron Man 2 and resurfaced in 2012’s Avengers; since then, she has appeared in subsequent MCU films, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.
Kevin Feige has been vocal about bringing a Black Widow movie into fruition, but — even with Marvel’s huge slate of 20 unannounced movies — it never seemed likely. Now, it looks like there is a chance that Black Widow is indeed included in said slate. The character is set to return in Avengers: Infinity War.
Shaeffer wrote Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a 22-minute film spinning out of Frozen; the short ran before Pixar’s Coco in its opening weeks. She has a few other projects in the works, including The Shower starring Anne Hathaway and Nasty Women, which will star both Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.
Avengers: Infinity War will arrive in theaters on May 28. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.