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Black Widow is an upcoming superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superheroine of the same name.


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On February 12, 2014, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed in an interview with Total Film that some developmental groundwork had been done on a potential film featuring Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, saying: "We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March. [Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."[4]

However, on March 17, 2014, Kevin Feige recanted his statements in an interview with, citing that since Black Widow has been involved in three movies already and that another character, Ms. Marvel, might be more interesting.[5]

In August 2014, Nicole Perlman announced that she had written a "pretty in-depth" treatment for the film in 2010/2011,[6] while British director Neil Marshall told Vanity Fair in an interview that he wanted to direct the film.[7]

While at the Fan Expo on August 31, 2014, Stan Lee revealed that the film may be moving forward.[8]

In an interview with Collider, Johansson revealed that she and Feige have discussed a series of standalone Black Widow films for Marvel.[9]

In January 2016, actor Clark Gregg stated that Marvel should make a Black Widow film; meanwhile Joe and Anthony Russo wanted to direct the film.[10][11][12]

On May 6, 2016, Feige announced to Deadline during a Q/A that they have confirmed a discussion about creating a Black Widow film.[13]

On July 23, 2016, Feige stated that they were committing to do the film and that The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was open on directing the film.[14][15]

In February 2017, Johansson told Total Film Magazine while talking about her film Ghost in the Shell that "timing" is key to making Black Widow a reality.[16]

In October 2017, Taika Waititi told i09 that he would like to direct the film as a comedy.[17]

On January 10, 2018, it was announced that the film was in early development, with Jac Schaeffer being hired to write the script.[2]

In February 2018, Chris Evans stated that the film was confirmed in an interview.[18]

On April 26, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios was searching for a director for the film and had been meeting with filmmakers such as Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Chloé Zhao, Amma Asante, Maggie Betts and Angela Robinson.[19][20]

On May 2, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios was still searching for a director for the film and had been meeting with more than 65 directors.[21]

On June 20, 2018, it was reported that Cate Shortland, Amma Asante and Maggie Betts were being eyed by Marvel Studios to direct the film.[22]

On July 12, 2018, it was revealed that Cate Shortland was chosen to direct the film.[1]

On November 30, 2018, it was reported that filming would start in 2019 for a potential release in 2020.[23]

On February 15, 2019, Collider reported that Ned Benson was hired to rewrite the script.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Black Widow' Movie Finds Director in Cate Shortland (Exclusive)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marvel’s Standalone ‘Black Widow’ Movie Gains Momentum With Jac Schaeffer Writing
  3. 3.0 3.1 Exclusive: Marvel, Scarlett Johansson Tap Ned Benson to Rewrite ‘Black Widow’ Movie
  4. Feige: Black Widow's Past to be Explored in Avengers 2 and Possible Solo Film
  5. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dismisses solo female comic book films
  6. Nicole Perlman on Twitter - August 4, 2014
  7. Game of Thrones Big-Battle Director Neil Marshall Either Wants to Direct a Black Widow Movie or Unleash Those Dragons
  9. BLACK WIDOW Movie: Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Feige Have Discussed a Series of Films
  10. Clark Gregg says it'd be "tragic" if Marvel doesn't make a Black Widow movie
  11. The Russo Brothers Would Be Interested In Doing A Black Widow Solo Movie
  12. Russo Brothers talk about Captain America Civil war in China (2015)
  13. Kevin Feige On ‘Captain America: Civil War’ And All Things Marvel – Deadline Q&A
  14. Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios is ‘Committing’ to a Black Widow Solo Movie
  16. The Black Widow movie "should be done" says Scarlett Johansson
  17. Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Wants to Make a Marvel Comedy With a Surprising Avenger
  18. Chris Evans Loves 'Black Panther'
  19. 'Jessica Jones' Director in Talks to Helm 'Star Trek 4'
  20. Justin Kroll on Twitter - April 26, 2018
  21. Justin Kroll on Twitter - May 2, 2018
  22. Marvel Eyes Female Helmers For ‘Black Widow’ Film: Watch For Cate Shortland
  23. Spider-Women, Captain Marvel & Harley Quinn: Females Fly In The Face Of Old Hollywood Perceptions

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