A standalone Black Widow film, which fans have clamoured for over the years and has not happened because the rampant sexism in Hollywood didn’t deem a female superhero film necessary or profitable, might actually be happening. In the wake of Wonder Woman‘s success, the wheels have been put in motion for the solo film and are reportedly in very early development.
One hopeful sign? Marvel Studios has hired TiMER writer/director Jac Schaeffer to pen the script for the film. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reportedly met with a number of screenwriters before settling on Schaeffer, and star Scarlett Johansson was also consulted to discuss what they wanted from the whichever writer got the job.
Schaeffer made her filmmaking debut with the aforementioned TiMER, which starred Emma Caulfield in an offbeat sci-fi romcom. She also wrote The Shower, a sci-fi action comedy about a baby shower alien invasion, which appeared on the 2014 Blacklist and currently has Anne Hathaway attached to produce and star.
She also penned the Frozen short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which played before Disney/Pixar’s Coco, and will team up with Hathaway again with MGM’s reboot of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, titled Nasty Women, which is set to also star Rebel Wilson. Schaeffer might not be a household name in Hollywood yet, but she’s about to be.
While it’s taken a long time for the Black Widow movie to come to fruition, especially considering the character debuted in 2010s’s Iron Man 2 and has watched practically all her co-stars get their own solo films, it’s good to hear there’s some movement on the standalone movie we – and Johansson – deserve.
What’s also great is that they’ve hired a female writer for a female-centric superhero film, and hopefully the final product will prove how valuable the Black Widow character is to the MCU with her versatility, and that she should have been a feature part of the MCU long ago.
There’s still a long way to go, but it’s a start.