The movie is still in early development and it doesn't have a green light, but naming the writer is the closest the studio has gotten to making the film. It was also that same Avengers movie that help us realise that Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow is a truly awesome character (she did first appear in Iron Man 2, but its safe to say you really only saw her at her powerful best in that first Avengers movie).
Schaeffer's prior work includes the Black List script for a comedy called The Shower, which grabbed the attention of Anne Hathaway, who attached herself to star. She made her film debut in 2009 with dramedy, TiMER, and wrote Nasty Women, the upcoming gender-swapped remake of '80s classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Black Widow was first featured in 2010's "Iron Man 2" and has since appeared in many Marvel's films, including "The Avengers" films, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Captain America: Civil War". It's unclear if the Black Widow movie would be set in the present day period, or if it would turn back the clock and show us one of her missions as a spy, be it for S.H.I.E.L.D. or the KGB.
But, for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and indeed, comic book movie fans everywhere - the version of Black Widow we see on the big screen today has become a symbol of female determination and capability. Now, it looks like there is a chance that Black Widow is indeed included in said slate. I think there's a lot of opportunities to mine that story line.
Marvel fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow film for quite some time.
But it seems Scar-Jo's deal must be different to the other contracts that are more firmly ending at the end of Avengers 4, as The Wrap report has her in position to star once more as the ass-kicking Russian defector. And finally, her standalone film could be moving forward. Sadly though, the character was never the main lead previously as she only served in ensemble casts.
If Marvel wants its own offering of R-rated films, a solo Black Widow project would be the ideal way to do it.
At long last, the company may have selected the right screenwriter for the job.