The Black Widow synopsis that has recently circulated is from an old script and not for the planned MCU film. Marvel Studios is finally giving Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff a proper solo movie and a major raise. The film is going to be part of their Phase 4 slate, but the rumored plot is actually part of a previously cancelled Black Widow project.
Since her introduction in Iron Man 2, fans have been dying to see Black Widow on her own leading a solo story. Almost a decade later and Marvel Studios is now ready to make that happen. They've hired Cate Shortland to direct the movie after meeting with dozens of female candidates. Thanks to the film's placement in Phase 4 (and after Avengers 4), many have wondered what adventure the movie will send the super spy on. A rumored synopsis teased a prequel setting focusing on Natasha's life 15 years after the fall of the USSR.
This synopsis came from production reports that updated Black Widow's status, but was never given too much credibility. But, it has continued to circulate in recent months and took writer-director David Hayter by surprise. Back in the early 2000s, Hayter was hired by Lionsgate to write a Black Widow script. When DiscussingFilm spoke to Hayter recently, they asked him about his prior work and thoughts on Marvel Studios' own plans. They've yet to post their interview but HN Entertainment received the quote ahead of time where he revealed that the aforementioned synopsis is actually from his story - and not for the MCU film.
And somebody just put out a synopsis of the upcoming film based on my script because it was essentially an origin story but they basically described what my logline was.
Hayter has spoken plenty of times in the past about what his vision for Black Widow would be and this synopsis lines up incredibly well with his take. Since Lionsgate scrapped their film project due to the poor performance of other female-led action films around that time, Marvel Studios started from scratch in developing Johansson's solo movie. They hired Jac Schaeffer to write the script earlier this year and have continued to make progress.
Although Schaeffer's script is in no way connected to Hayter's and his plot synopsis, there could still be some similarities. Other rumors have pointed to Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier making an appearance when he was still under Hydra's control, which points to a prequel setting. There's even been some rumors of Y2K playing a role in the film. All of these details should become more clear in the near future thankfully. Production on Black Widow should begin in the spring or summer of next year so it can hit theaters in 2020, so casting and actual plot details will start to arrive before then. Marvel Studios will officially try to keep it all under wraps until Black Widow's Avengers 4 fate is made clear, but as of right now, there are no concrete details on what Black Widow's plot will actually involve.
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