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.
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.
Source: Comic Book
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019