I can’t help but wonder if Scarlett Johansson’s big mouth is going to ruin Marvel’s plan of setting up another female-led franchise. She is really not helping herself there.

Scarlett Johansson admitted her response to the Rub & Tug/Ghost In The Shell backlash (where she saw no problem playing a transgender/Asian woman) was ‘tone-deaf’. Vanity Fair then points out her comments on Woody Allen are pretty tone-deaf too. Oy.

Black Widow is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the twenty-fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Cate Shortland, written by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, alongside David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), the film sees Romanoff on the run and forced to confront her past while facing a new threat.

Development of a Black Widow film began in April 2004 by Lionsgate, with David Hayter attached to write and direct. The project did not move forward and the film rights to the character reverted to Marvel Studios by June 2006. Johansson was cast in the role for several MCU films beginning with Iron Man 2 (2010). Marvel and Johansson expressed interest in a solo film several times over the following years, before Schaeffer and Shortland were hired in 2018. Benson joined and further casting took place in early 2019. Filming took place from May to October, in Norway, Budapest, Morocco, Pinewood Studios in England, and in Macon, Georgia.

Black Widow is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on May 1, 2020.

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