Scarlett Johannsson has been portraying the famous character for almost eight years now, since first being introduced in 2010's Iron Man 2.
Plans for the long-awaited solo movie of Scarlett Johansson's Marvel character, Black Widow, is finally moving forward, as the project adds a screenwriter to pen the yet untitled movie's script. The studio, meanwhile, went on to produce and release more male-led standalone movies for its tried and tested superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, as well as brand new characters like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange.
There have been a lot of talks about a potential Black Widow film over the years.
Hathaway then tapped her to write Nasty Women, the remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels she is also starring in, alongside Rebel Wilson.
At the moment the project hasn't been officially greenlit, but this is a good development for the Black Widow movie. Apparently, Marvel President, Kevin Feige, had met with a number of writers before opting for Schaeffer who's already impressed people in Hollywood with her Black Listed script, The Shower, which is now in the works with Anne Hathaway set to star. Kevin Feige later said that Black Widow was one of the characters that Marvel Studios is "creatively and emotionally" committed to giving solo movie attention to in Phase Four.
None of this is to suggest that a Black Widow solo movie will inevitably rob the eponymous heroine of the spotlight she deserves. Either way, given how popular Black Widow is both in the comics and the movies, I suppose it's better late than never that the MCU has finally decided it's worth exploring what her own story would look like. 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.