When Marvel Studios hired Jac Schaeffer to pen a script for a solo Black Widow film, they made good on their talks about giving Scarlet Johannson a franchise of her own. One of Hollywood’s top draws, by the time Avengers 4 debuts in 2019, Johannson will have appeared in 6 Marvel Studios films. There’s been plenty of buzz around the film’s plot, including thought from Johannson herself; now, thanks to our trusty source, we have word on the film’s premise, including when and where we will catch up with Natasha Romanoff.
If you’ve been following my work, both here and at my prior gig, you’ve probably put together a pretty good idea about what to expect from this film. Late last year, I was told that this film would take place in the past; today, that was confirmed by a second source. The film will find Natasha living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union! That timeline places the film firmly in the mid-2000s, meaning we’ll meet up with Nat prior to the events of Iron Man 2. That time frame opens up plenty of options, and while many fans seem to want a Black Widow/Hawkeye team up in Budapest, we’ve been told that early discussions about the film involved Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier. Stan seemed to have some ideas about a potential Black Widow film recently and their unique comic book history could make for a VERY interesting adaptation.
Though no director has been officially attached to the film, we can report that Brad Winderbaum will serve as the film’s executive producer, following his time in that role on Thor: Ragnarok. While rumors place the film on Marvel Studios slate of 2020 films, we were unable to confirm that release date.
Stay with us at That Hashtag Show as this story develops!