MARVEL Hires Writer for BLACK WIDOW Film

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We're here to report that nothing's really changed on that front, but we do, at least, have a Variety article quoting "sources" that reveals a writer for the yet to be greenlit film.

Marvel Studios tapped Blacklist screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write the Black Widow movie script, which indicates the solo film is all but assured for Phase 4 of the MCU.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a powerhouse at the box office for 10 years now, with multiple heroes appearing in their own films and teaming up for the massive Avengers tentpole movies.

Marvel Studios simply kept sidelining Black Widow to supporting roles that ranged from empathetic superspy at best (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to appallingly embarrassing love interest at worst (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Though Black Widow has been a popular comic-book character for years, Johansson first took on the big-screen role in 2010's Iron Man 2, which starred Robert Downey Jr. And finally, her standalone film could be moving forward. Just last year, the 33-year-old actress had spoken with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about the possibility of giving the character her own movie. In the absence of any kind of solid confirmation regarding this movie thus far, most fans had assumed that it would never happen.

Schaeffer is repped by Verve and Writ Large. Then, in a panic, they hired Schaeffer for the one film they do have on their docket that fans are definitely waiting for.

Hathaway loved working with Schaeffer so much she brought the writer on board to pen "Nasty Women", a female take on the the 1988 comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", which started Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Schaffer only has one finished film to her name (and one other in post-production, according to IMDB), but perhaps his most high-profile project of hers is the Disney short, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure".

She explained: "It's very surreal for me to watch these new cast members come in and get their feet wet and breath new life into these characters who are so iconic".