Scarlett Johansson's standalone Black Widow a step closer

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NATASHA ROMANOVA, a.k.a. the BLACK WIDOW (played by Scarlett Johansson, first introduced in the film universe in 2010) is one of the world's greatest spies and master of disguise and a movie on her would be a good way for MCU to venture into r-rated grounds if it wishes to do so.

But that may finally change, as Marvel has reportedly hired a screenwriter to pen a Black Widow movie. Schaffer made her feature film screenwriting debut with 2009's TiMER, which she also directed. She then caught the eye of Anne Hathaway and has since worked on projects such as Nasty Women, a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake starring Hathaway, with a release date in August 2018.

The Black Widow movie has been in a state of limbo for quite some time now which is utterly ridiculous in my mind.

Citing unnamed sources, reports reveal that Marvel president Kevin Feige has met with several candidates and ultimately tapped "The Blacklist" alum Jac Schaeffer to pen the potential spin-off. Johansson herself said she would want to make it happen, as has Marvel boss Kevin Feige - reiterating a year ago that the company is "creatively and emotionally" committed to developing the spin-off. Although Marvel hasn't unveiled an official Phase Four slate yet, so far Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 are the only movies that have been officially announced for post-Avengers 4. As the first female Avenger in the MCU, the character has gained enormous popularity, but she has been relegated to a mere supporting player in all the films she has appeared in. Of course, the development of the project will most likely depend on what Schaeffer comes up with but fans have been petitioning for a Black Widow movie for years.

When we last left off with Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, she had gone on the run from the USA government after helping Captain America and Winter Soldier escape to track down Helmut Zemo.

The Black Widow movie is crawling ever closer.

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