How The Avengers Secretly Set Up Black Widow’s Solo Movie

Marvel has been secretly setting up their Black Widow movie ever since 2012’s The Avengers. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was introduced in 2010’s Iron Man, and she was a hit, with fans immediately beginning to ask for a solo film. Although Marvel initially seemed receptive, for years there was no real news, until January 2018 when the studio hired Blacklist screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to work on a script. Filming is due to start in June, and it’s believed Black Widow will be part of Marvel’s 2020 slate.

This delay means that Black Widow will be quite an unusual movie. Most Marvel franchises launch with an origin story, introducing a brand new superhero into the MCU. In a select few cases, such as Black Panther or Spider-Man: Homecoming, the hero has first appeared in an “event” movie as a secondary character in advance of their solo blockbuster debut. But Black Widow is different, because the starring character is already an established part of the MCU. Her backstory has already been explored, most prominently in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and as such Black Widow is something of a known commodity.

Related: Captain Marvel Could Have Some Big Black Widow Connections

This has led to a lot of curiosity over just how Marvel intend to handle Black Widow. There have been frequent rumors that the film will be an origin story for Marvel’s premiere super-spy, exploring how she came to join S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place. That’s a major reason many fans got hyped about the idea of Black Widow being R-rated; they felt the story of a teenage assassin needed to be handled in a far more mature way than the standard Marvel fare. Alternatively, the film could well be set in the mysterious post-Avengers: Endgame MCU, given Black Widow seems to be playing a prominent role in that film. Whatever the truth may be, though, the seeds for Black Widow will most certainly already have been sown in the MCU. That makes now the perfect time to revisit everything the MCU has revealed about “Natasha” Romanoff, which could serve as setup.

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According to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Natalia Alianovna Romanoff (later known simply as Natasha Romanoff) was born in Stalingrad in 1984. At a young age, she was enrolled in the Red Room, a Soviet brainwashing and spy-training program that sought to turn young girls into skilled agents and assassins. Fragments of Black Widow’s training are shown in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in flashback sequences triggered by Scarlet Witch’s telepathic manipulations. Natasha saw herself in a lavish school, being trained in ballet alongside other students, watched over by KGB agents. The visions became increasingly disturbing, moving from the innocent idea of ballet lessons to marksmanship practice and, finally, killing a defenseless prisoner. Black Widow’s training was overseen by a character credited as Madame B., a harsh taskmaster who would break the students who were unworthy, and turn those who survived her training into lethal killers.

According to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Red Room has a final graduation ceremony in which their students are sterilized. “It’s efficient,” Black Widow recalled when revealing this to Bruce Banner. “One less thing to worry about. The one thing that might matter more than a mission. It makes everything easier. Even killing.” As shown in the visions, Natasha didn’t entirely submit to the program, deliberately choosing to start failing her assignments in order to postpone her graduation. Madame B. saw through the deception, and had Natasha sterilized against her will.

Once she’d graduated, Black Widow became one of the KGB’s most lethal agents and assassins. She made a name for herself, and one line of dialogue in The Avengers implies that she willingly traded her skills to anyone who would pay for them. In the end, Natasha wound up on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar, and they sent in Hawkeye to kill her. Fortunately, he made a different call, and offered Black Widow a chance to join S.H.I.E.L.D. instead. A recent official MCU timeline has confirmed that this happened in 1998, when Black Widow was just 14 years old, which may well add important context to Clint’s decision (he presumably objected to killing a child).

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Relatively little is known of Black Widow’s time with S.H.I.E.L.D.. It’s reasonable to assume S.H.I.E.L.D. was forced to induct her into their training program even though she was a minor; after all, Natasha would hardly have possessed the right kind of skill-set for going into a normal education. So Black Widow traded the Red Room for S.H.I.E.L.D., and became a combat and espionage specialist. S.H.I.E.L.D. seem to have treated Black Widow as one of their “Gifted” assets, assigning Hawkeye to work with her as a partner. In one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene in The Avengers, it’s revealed that Hawkeye and Black Widow were known as “Strike Team: Delta.”

This S.H.I.E.L.D. tactical unit was sent on missions across the globe, and fans have always been interested in one particular assignment. During The Avengers, Black Widow quipped that the Chitauri invasion of New York was “just like Budapest all over again.” Hawkeye disagreed; “You and I remember Budapest very differently,” he retorted. Although it’s just a single line of dialogue, viewers have always wondered just what happened in Budapest, and why Black Widow found herself remembering it while she was trading fire with an alien army.

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Taken together, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron are a fascinating character study into Black Widow’s motives. At heart, she is driven by a desperate desire to redeem herself. As Black Widow told Loki in The Avengers, “I’ve got red in my ledger, I’d like to wipe it out.” When Loki taunted her, he was saying the words her own conscience whispers to her; is it even possible for Black Widow to balance the books? Can any amount of good deeds ever atone for her past sins?

Avengers: Age of Ultron offered a glimpse into the depths of Natasha’s self-hatred. Everyone creates their own narrative when they look back on their past. For Natasha, there are two conflicting versions she appears to tell herself. On the one hand, there are times when she remembers her past and blames herself for lacking the strength of will to resist the Red Room’s programming; she seems to particularly regret allowing them to sterilize her during the graduation ceremony. Occasionally, though, there are hints that at some level Black Widow understands that she was a victim in all of this. After all, she was just a child when she was taken into the Red Room, and they’d been practicing their techniques for decades. What chance did she really have? And did she even fully understand the significance of being sterilized at that age, brought up in an environment where relationships would have been seen as nothing more than tools to manipulate others?

As noted, right now it’s unclear whether or not Black Widow will be an origin story or an adventure set in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. It could even conceivably be both, with Natasha’s past coming back to haunt her in the present. And yet, it’s easy to understand why Marvel decided it was right to go ahead with a Black Widow film. Her backstory is rich and complex, albeit darker than any other MCU hero’s. Meanwhile, it would be fascinating to see how the events of Avengers: Endgame would change Natasha’s character. The Avengers are sure to succeed in either averting or undoing the snap, and thus saving half the life in the universe; surely that kind of heroism is atonement enough, even for Black Widow. Success in that mission would potentially sent Black Widow on a whole new character journey, and it would be fascinating to see how it played out.

More: Everything We Know About Black Widow’s Role In Avengers: Endgame

2019-04-14 07:04:18

Thomas Bacon

Why Black Widow Is More Powerful Than You Thought

Here’s how Black Widow is more powerful than you think in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scarlett Johansson made her debut as the Russian spy turned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in Iron Man 2 almost nine years ago. She’s since become a major character in the MCU, and one that fans have been wanting to see more of.

Throughout her six movie appearances to date, Black Widow has proven time and time again that she can be one of the biggest heroes around, even though she doesn’t have a traditional superhuman power set. She didn’t get powers from an experiment, at birth, or from a suit, but rather had to learn all of her powers and skills over time. Natasha may just be a normal human being, but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t powerful in her own way – and many may be underestimating all she can do.

Related: Everything We Know About Black Widow’s Avengers: Endgame Role

In Screen Rant’s latest video, we take a look at Black Widow’s portrayal in the MCU to show how she’s more powerful than most give her credit for. It all comes down to the skills that she’s learned and mastered over time, which makes her one of the most versatile members of the Avengers. Check out the full breakdown in the video featured at the top of this post.

It really is a credit to Natasha’s character and drive that she’s become this lethal and useful. Her upbringing in the Red Room gave her plenty of these skills, such as her marksmanship, prowess in several forms of martial arts, and ability to use many different types of weapons. All of these spy skills extend to how she can use seduction, disguises, and more espionage tactics to take down her enemies. And as we mentioned before, her ability in battle is not to be overlooked, as she’s defeated regular humans, robots, and aliens – including Proxima Midnight.

As powerful and skilled as she’s already shown herself to be, Black Widow will still have a few more chances to show the world what she’s made of in the future. She’s set to appear in Avengers: Endgame later this month and the Avengers may need every bit of her physical and brain power to be victorious. But, Marvel Studios is also finally going to give her a solo film that’ll help add even more to her story. It’s currently not confirmed if Black Widow will be a prequel film or take place after Endgame though. Either way, it’s great to know that Black Widow still has a future in the MCU, and will get more opportunities to put her power on display.

More: How The Avengers Secretly Sets Up Black Widow’s Solo Movie

2019-04-14 01:04:41

Cooper Hood

Marvel’s Black Widow Movie Casts Handmaid’s Tale Actor O-T Fagbenle

O-T Fagbenle has joined the cast of Marvel’s Black Widow solo movie. This month’s Avengers: Endgame will bring Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close and conclude what’s been referred to as the Infinity Saga – an overarching storyline that goes all the way back to 2008’s Iron Man. In an effort to avoid spoiling anything about Endgame ahead of time, Marvel Studios has been holding off on revealing concrete details about what it has planned for Phase 4. In fact, for the time being, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the only MCU film with a release date besides Endgame.

That said, one of the Phase 4 movies that’s in active development at the moment is Black Widow, a solo adventure featuring Scarlett Johansson as the KGB spy/assassin-turned SHIELD agent and, ultimately, Avenger Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow. The film is currently in the midst of filling out its cast and has already recruited Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) and David Harbour (Stranger Things) to play leading roles. Now, it appears the film may’ve filled another key role.

Related: Marvel’s Phase 4 Has a Five-Year Plan

According to Deadline, Fagbenle has reached a deal to play as an-yet undisclosed role in Black Widow. The film is slated to begin shooting in June, with Cate Shortland (Lore) directing from a screenplay that was written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle) and later revised by Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby).

Like so much of Phase 4, there’s a lot that’s unclear about Black Widow at the moment. It’s been rumored that the film takes place prior to the original Iron Man (a la last month’s Captain Marvel), but it could just as easily be set after Endgame and explore Natasha’s past via flashbacks. Similarly, it’s possible that Fagbenle is playing the villainous character that André Holland reportedly auditioned for, but he could just as well be tackling a different role altogether, either heroic or antagonistic in nature. Either way, the actor is another worthy addition to the movie’s cast, and comes from an impressive background that includes roles in acclaimed TV shows like HBO’s Looking and, most recently, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, on top of his award-winning work on-stage at the Royal National Theatre.

With Endgame just a couple weeks away now, it might not be much longer before some official details on Black Widow (like its release date) are made available. The film’s cast is shaping up nicely in the meantime, and may yet add Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz to its ranks – assuming the recent reports of her being in talks pan out. Again, we don’t know a lot about Phase 4, but what we have learned is encouraging so far. And for the fans who’ve spent much of the past decade waiting for Marvel to finally give Natasha a solo vehicle of her own, that’s undoubtedly welcome news.

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Source: Deadline

2019-04-10 02:04:14

Sandy Schaefer

Everything We Know About Black Widow’s Role In Avengers: Endgame

Black Widow looks set to play a major role in Avengers: Endgame. Scarlett Johansson made her MCU debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2, and became one of the original Avengers. Although Black Widow lacks super-powers, she’s proved to be a major asset to the team, and she’s played a major secondary role in several Marvel movies.

Avengers: Endgame is expected to be the swan song for most of the OG Avengers, but Johansson is sticking around. Marvel’s finally pushing ahead with a Black Widow movie, with filming reportedly due to begin in June. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean Black Widow will survive her next encounter with Thanos; Marvel increasingly seem to like jumping around the timeline, meaning the film could potentially be a prequel exploring her origin story.

Related: Everything We Know About The Black Widow Movie

Marvel’s currently keeping the plot of Avengers: Endgame a closely guarded secret, with Kevin Feige even suggesting that trailers and TV spots will only show clips from the first 15-20 minutes. For all that’s the case, though, it’s gradually becoming clear that Black Widow will be one of the most important characters.

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Black Widow Will Help Lead The Avengers In Endgame

The aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War has shaken the Avengers to their core. They failed to defeat Thanos, and the Mad Titan succeeded in his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers, an event that the MCU refers to as the Decimation. The OG Avengers could only watch in horror as some of their dearest friends crumbled to dust before their eyes. Each of the Avengers looks set to respond to this apocalypse in a different way; for Black Widow, it seems she’s become more driven than ever before. One intense trailer shot shows her in a training montage, honing her skills for the challenge ahead. “When we find her, she’s f****** pissed off,” Johansson told Empire. “The one thing we know about Natasha is that she’s going to hunker down and she’s going to get those motherf******. That’s her MO.

Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely suggested that Steve Rogers and Black Widow will both have big roles in Avengers: Endgame, and that’s been reaffirmed by the trailers, which suggest Black Widow has actually taken charge of the Avengers. Whatever the Avengers’ mysterious plan may be to put matters right – it’s generally believed to involve an element of time travel to undo Thanos’ snap – Black Widow is the true believer in it. She’s the one running the briefings, she’s the one who seems to bring the team back together, and she’s the one who encourages Steve Rogers by assuring that their plan will work. That may well explain why Marvel has chosen to green-light a Black Widow movie as part of MCU Phase 4.

Black Widow Must Find Hawkeye In Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame will include a significant focus on the relationship between Black Widow and Hawkeye. The trailers have shown Natasha tracking her old friend to Tokyo, where she discovers that he’s been radically changed by the Decimation. Hawkeye has adopted a new identity as Ronin, one that he took on in the comics when he was going through some of the darkest times in his life; it’s generally assumed that, in the MCU, this means he lost his wife and children in the Decimation. No doubt that will break Natasha’s heart; she’s a close friend of Clint Barton and his family, to the extent that his son Nathaniel was named after her.

Related: Hawkeye’s Avengers: Endgame Mission Can Help Bring Shang-Chi To The MCU

There’s been intense speculation about how the reunion between Black Widow and Clint Barton will go. Some fans had believed Clint would blame the Avengers, but there’s been no suggestion of that in the trailers. Instead, it looks as though Clint and Natasha bond in their heartache and pain, and Black Widow swiftly talks Hawkeye into returning with her to the Avengers Compound and joining the mission against Thanos.

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Black Widow’s Hair Proves An Avengers: Endgame Time Jump

In Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow was on the run as one of Steve Rogers’ Secret Avengers so had dyed her hair white. A number of scenes in the Avengers: Endgame trailer show Natasha running a briefing with her hair still short and the same color, suggesting the film begins in the immediate aftermath of Thanos’ victory. The same is true in scenes involving Captain Marvel, suggesting Carol Danvers arrives on Earth fairly soon after the snap.

But other scenes show Natasha’s hair grown out and back to its normal red, clearly implying a time jump in Avengers: Endgame. The second trailer revealed that Nat’s back to being a redhead when she goes to meet Clint Barton in Japan, and also when she and the Avengers head off in their new Quantum Realm costumes.

All of this suggests the first act of Avengers: Endgame takes place over two time periods to allow the tem to get ready for their mission – a mission that will alter time in a different way…

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Black Widow Will Time Travel In Avengers: Endgame

There’s strong evidence that Avengers: Endgame involves time travel; from set photos revisiting the Battle of New York to them wearing “Advanced Tech” suits that bear a close similarity to Hank Pym’s Quantum Realm survival suits. The Quantum Realm is a plane of reality that’s outside the normal laws of time and space that Marvel has openly admitted it could unlock the potential for time travel, with the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp even revealing that there are mysterious “time vortexes” in it.

Assuming this speculation is correct, then Black Widow and the rest of the Avengers will enter the Quantum Realm and travel back in time. At this stage their exact mission is unclear; Marvel is doing their best to ensure not a hint of it gets out through the trailers and TV spots. Still, it seems reasonable to assume the Avengers are somehow attempting to rewrite history, preventing Thanos’ snap from ever happening. That would certainly explain why even Black Widow seems to view this plan as something of a long shot in the Avengers: Endgame trailers.

More: Avengers: Endgame – Every Update You Need To Know

2019-03-28 08:03:31

Thomas Bacon

Black Widow Movie: Florence Pugh in Talks for Major Role

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow may have its first new cast member with Fighting With My Family‘s Florence Pugh in talks to join. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently seeing the success that can be had with a female-led movie as Captain Marvel continues to dominate the box office. The Brie Larson solo movie is the first for a woman in the MCU, but it won’t be the last.

Next up for Marvel Studios appears to be the long awaited solo film for Scarlett Johansson’s popular assassin. Johansson debuted as Natasha Romanoff back in 2010’s Iron Man 2 and has become a prominent member of the MCU in the years that followed, but it’s only now that progress is being made on giving her a movie all her own. Black Widow will be directed by Cate Shortland based on a script by Captain Marvel‘s Jac Schaeffer, and several recent reports indicated casting was picking up.

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Now thanks to a report by THR, it looks like it’ll be Florence Pugh who’s the first co-star for Johansson in Black Widow. Pugh received great acclaim for her role in Lady Macbeth in 2016, and returned to period dramas last year with Outlaw King on Netflix. She most recently starred in the biopic Fighting With My Family, but will now join her biggest project yet with Black Widow. There’s not many details on her character currently available, other than being “a spy on the same level” as Romanoff.

The addition of Pugh is the latest development for Black Widow, but one that’s been on the horizon. Pugh was previously among a group of candidates for the second female lead role that surfaced online. At that time, it was reported that Emma Watson was the front runner, but it’ll be the 23-year-old rising star who takes the coveted role instead. Unfortunately, the vague spy description does not offer any additional insights into what character from Marvel Comics she could possibly be playing – although Yelena Belova is one possibility.

As long as Pugh’s deal for Black Widow closes, the casting process for the film will now turn to some of the other roles reportedly available. Marvel’s said to be interested in André Holland for the main villain role, and also may be eyeing Rachel Weisz and Alec Baldwin for a pair of Americans. In addition to these roles, a recent rewrite of the script reportedly added another female part to the film, so Marvel will also need to fill this role. While we’ll have to wait and see who else joins, Black Widow‘s cast is off to a strong start with Johansson and Pugh leading the way.

MORE: Every MCU Movie Coming Out After Captain Marvel

Source: THR

2019-03-18 04:03:11

Cooper Hood

Kevin Feige Says Black Widow Movie Will NOT Be R-Rated

Kevin Feige debunks rumors suggesting the Black Widow solo movie would be R-rated. Nearly a decade after her introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Natasha Romanoff is finally going to be the subject of her own standalone vehicle. Marvel Studios started to make progress on the film last year, hiring Cate Shortland to direct and more recently bringing in Ned Benson to handle script rewrites. Though Black Widow has not been officially dated on the MCU’s post-Endgame slate, it’s expected to begin shooting this summer ahead of a tentative 2020 premiere.

Last month, an interesting report came out indicating Marvel was contemplating making Black Widow their first R-rated production. Since its genesis with the original Iron Man, all of the MCU installments have been PG-13, and judging by the $17 billion collective worldwide gross, that’s a formula that works. However, films like Deadpool and Logan proved there was an audience for more adult-orientated material, so it wasn’t surprising to hear Marvel was at least considering it. However, this bit of speculation can now firmly be debunked.

Related: Captain Marvel Could Have Some Big Black Widow Connections

In an interview with Comic Book, Feige was asked about the possibility Black Widow is made for an R rating. The Marvel boss said that was never in the cards:

“It never was going to be. Somebody writes, ‘I hear it’s R-rated!’ And then everybody writes it up.”

Given Black Widow’s dark backstory and history with espionage, it wouldn’t be farfetched for her to headline an R-rated movie that takes a hard-hitting approach to its narrative and themes. That being said, there’s no need for Marvel to take things that extreme here. In the past, some comic book movies (like The Dark Knight) toed the boundaries of what’s acceptable within the PG-13 rating and turned out fine from an artistic perspective. If Black Widow is tonally similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that would probably please many fans. Additionally, there are other factors to keep in mind. An R-rating limits Black Widow’s target audience, and Marvel surely has a plethora of tie-in merchandise (including toys) they’d want to sell as part of the marketing campaign.

This doesn’t mean there will never be an R-rated film in the MCU, but it’s clearly not something Feige is seriously considering at this point in time. Even though Disney is about to finalize their acquisition of Fox (and the X-Men characters that come with it), Bob Iger has stated future R-rated Deadpool movies may be separate from the MCU in order to avoid confusing viewers. As stated above, there isn’t a clear incentive for the MCU to go all-in on an R-rating, as they’re currently in the midst of an unprecedented hot streak of critically acclaimed blockbusters. Black Widow is a character that’s thrived and became a fan-favorite within the confines of PG-13, so Shortland and crew should be able to deliver something compelling with their project.

More: Every Phase 4 MCU Film In Development

Source: Comic Book

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2019-02-22 01:02:59

Captain Marvel Could Have Some Big Black Widow Connections

Captain Marvel could potentially set up the upcoming Black Widow movie. The recently-released one-sheet poster for Captain Marvel gave Blacklist screenwriter Jac Schaeffer an unexpected writing credit; given Schaeffer is working on the script for the Black Widow movie, that definitely seems to imply there’s some sort of connection between the two films.

Captain Marvel increasingly feels like something of a prequel film for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Brie Larson has described the movie as an origin story for Nick Fury, it essentially sees Carol Danvers serve as the inspiration for the Avengers Initiative, and will even reveal the backstory of Ronan the Accuser, villain of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. The recent second trailer featured a subtle link to The Avengers with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., which may potentially mean an Infinity Stone will crop up in the film too. But, while all these connections are exciting for Marvel lovers to spot, it’s important to remember that Marvel will be hoping Captain Marvel will launch some new concepts and ideas too. Jac Schaeffer’s writing credit suggests it could serve as a subtle springboard for the Black Widow movie.

Related: Black Widow: Every Update You Need To Know

Captain Marvel is set in 1995, and when the films kicks off, Nick Fury is a disillusioned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who’s close to quitting from the spy game altogether. It seems clear that Fury’s encounter with Captain Marvel will transform his career, giving him an exciting shot of ambition that will lead him to ultimately become Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. But here’s the interesting thing; it’s generally believed that Black Widow will serve as a prequel film as well, revealing how Natasha Romanoff joined S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place. If that’s the case, then Black Widow will also be set (at least partly) in the ’90s as well.

According to the MCU’s official timeline, in 1993 Natasha Romanoff was recruited into the Russian Red Room program. While the Red Room had previously served the Soviet Union, it looks as though the political upheaval in Russia in the early ’90s led to a change of approach. The Red Room appears to have instead started selling its operatives to the highest bidder as mercenaries. Over the next few years, Natasha would be trained to become the Black Widow, one of their best; she’d gain a dangerous reputation, and in 1998 would be hunted down by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s best agents – one of whom was Hawkeye. Hawkeye saw some hint of potential within Natasha, though, and he gave her the opportunity to defect. It was one that Black Widow took, and she joined up with S.H.I.E.L.D..

If Black Widow is indeed a prequel, then at least some of the events must be set in pretty close proximity to Captain Marvel; that raises the possibility that there will be a direct connection between the two films, which would explain Schaeffer’s becoming involved in both projects. The most obvious potential connection is Nick Fury himself. After all, Captain Marvel will set him on the road to becoming S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Director; perhaps Black Widow will be another step alo ng that path. It’s hardly a stretch to imagine that the hunt for Black Widow didn’t just involve Hawkeye; Fury could easily have been the man running that operation, with Hawkeye working as a Specialist in the field. If that’s the case, then successfully recruiting one of the Red Room’s most dangerous assassins would be a very nice feather in Nick Fury’s cap, and potentially a major step in his career in the Black Widow movie.

More: Captain Marvel: Every Update You Need To Know

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2018-12-12 03:12:47

Black Widow Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer Credited on Captain Marvel

Black Widow standalone film writer Jac Schaeffer gets a writing credit in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden-directed Captain Marvel. Introduced in the MCU in 2010’s Iron Man 2 by Nick Fury, the trained spy played by Scarlett Johansson has been a staple of the figure in the franchise and is one of the six original Avengers. But despite fan’s clamor for her own film, it’s really only been this year when the project took a huge step by hiring Schaeffer to write the film’s screenplay.

The Black Widow film is supposedly set for a May 2020 release date and will be directed by Cate Shortland. Since it’s still in the middle of development, story details have been scant so far. But an unusual connection between Captain Marvel and the upcoming Black Widow standalone has been recently spotted and may provide clues as to what the latter’s story could be about.

Related: Black Widow Infinity War Concept Art Is Better Than Her Movie Design

The recently-released one-sheet for Captain Marvel lists down names of those who have contributed to the project, apparently including Schaeffer, who gets a writing credit for the film alongside Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Boden & Fleck, as spotted by Comic Book. The film is based on a story by Nicole Perlman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse. Considering that Schaeffer is writing Johansson’s solo MCU flick, this raises the possibility that the Larson-starrer may actually lead to Romanoff’s eventual entanglement with Fury, who had been the common denominator to all Phase 1 films resulting to their culmination in 2012’s The Avengers. Should this be the case, it reinforces the notion that Carol Danvers’ arrival paved the way for the assembly of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Details regarding the Black Widow have been largely kept under wraps, but it’s believed to be a prequel film tackling Romanoff’s days as a Russian spy before officially working with Fury in S.H.I.E.L.D. A rumored synopsis for the film claims that it will be set 15 years after the fall of the USSR, but as it turns out, this version of the narrative is from the old script from David Hayter’s scrapped Lionsgate-produced Black Widow project and not the one Schaeffer has been working on for the MCU. That said, there’s still a chance that there will be similarities between the two movie din it all goes back to the character’s known personal arc.

Chances are that fans will get a better sense of things after Captain Marvel hits theaters this March. But before the public finds out how Danvers’ MCU origin story connects to Romanoff’s (if it does) in Black Widow, the two MCU heroines will first team-up on the big screen in next year’s Avengers 4 as Captain Marvel officially joins Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the attempt to restore order in the universe following Thanos’ deadly snap in Avengers: Infinity War.

More: Captain Marvel Trailer #2 Coming This Week, Avengers 4 Trailer Rumored

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2018-12-03 04:12:09