In a signal that Marvel may be getting serious about a Scarlett Johansson-led standalone Black Widow movie, as fans have been clamoring for, the studio has now signed a writer devoted to scripting the project — even as it remains silent on whether any movie is officially in the works at all.
Variety reports that Marvel has signed rising female screenwriter Jac Schaeffer for script duty, in a move that shows the strongest indication yet that the studio's committed to making a standalone film happen. Schaeffer's The Shower script -- about aliens disrupting a baby shower -- made it on the Black List, which is where Anne Hathaway found it, and "quickly attached herself to star in the film." Hathaway also "tapped" Schaeffer to write her Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake, Nasty Women.
There’s still been no word from Marvel or Disney that confirms a Black Widow film is in the works, and Variety’s report cautions that the deal with Schaeffer is but one moving part in a project that’s still very much in its infancy.
That means fans will have to continue to speculate, for the time being, on whether Johansson — who’s played Black Widow in six Marvel films now — will be on board to headline a freestanding feature. But at least we have some forward progess. And while it's not a standalone, Johansson will bring the character back to the big screen in only a few short months, when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4.