Marvel moves forward on female-led Black Widow film

Fans of Marvel's Black Widow can rest easy.

Following years of anticipation, the studio has finally progressed with plans for the female superhero, played by Scarlett Johansson, to star in her own standalone film.

According to a Variety report, Marvel has confirmed that screenwriter Jac Schaeffer is attached to the project, which is still in "very early development".

Schaeffer, who also wrote the upcoming female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels featuring Australian actress Rebel Wilson, is the only member of the Black Widow team that has been announced so far.

The announcement comes after numerous hints from key figures. "Where we go beyond [our next nine films] are ongoing discussions," said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in 2016.

"I would say certainly the one, creatively and emotionally, that we are most committed to doing is Black Widow."

The movie has no slated release date, but is set to follow 2019's Captain Marvel as the second film in the Marvel cinematic universe to star a solo female lead.

Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel for the first time, while Black Widow will be Johansson's seventh reprisal of the role after she first appeared in Iron Man 2 in 2010.

On social media, fans have begun drawing comparisons between Black Widow and last year's highly successful Wonder Woman released by DC.

"It just goes to show you how much impact #WonderWoman is already having," read one tweet. "That film proved that audiences will go see female-led superhero films."

"Marvel is finally making a #BlackWidow movie that wouldn't be happening without #WonderWoman," another user wrote.

It just goes to show you how much impact #WonderWoman is already having. That film proved that audiences will go see female-led superhero films.

Slowly but surely, things are changing... pic.twitter.com/JB7r8PuKHC??? Connor Behrens (@ConnorFilm) January 10, 2018

Because of how popular WonderWoman was it has encouraged more female led movies
Marvel is finally making a #BlackWidow movie that wouldn't be happening without wonderwoman#WonderWoman broke through barriers, & is pushing the industry to change pic.twitter.com/1iJM2roKhl??? Hannah (@shipperofstuff) January 11, 2018

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