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    Black Widow

    JANUARY 10, 2018 3:00PM PT
    Marvel’s Standalone ‘Black Widow’ Movie Gains Momentum With Jac Schaeffer Writing

    By Justin Kroll @krolljvar J
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    Marvel is finally pushing ahead with the highly anticipated “Black Widow” standalone movie starring Scarlett Johansson, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script.

    Sources say this is still very early development, as the film has no greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a standalone pic. Marvel President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer, and Marvel execs met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a “Black Widow” writer.

    Schaeffer is an up and coming scribe who broke out with her Black List script “The Shower,” a comedy about an alien invasion during a baby shower which caught the eye of Anne Hathaway, who quickly attached herself to star in the pic.

    Hathaway was so impressed with her work that she soon tapped Schaeffer to write “Nasty Women,” a new female-centric take on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” that also stars Hathaway.

    Marvel had no comment.

    Fans of the character have been pushing for her to get own movie since she first appeared in “Iron Man 2” and with the latest phase of Marvel films coming to a close, Marvel saw this as the best time to move forward with the project.

    Johansson has appeared as the character in six films, the next one being this summer’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”

    Schaeffer is repped by Verve and Writ Large.
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    Black Widow Movie plots points?

    Origin story flashback to the Soviet era

    Possible romance with Dare Devil???


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    Quote Originally Posted by Design Sifu View Post
    Origin story flashback to the Soviet era

    Possible romance with Dare Devil???
    Yeah Man! These two were an item in the comic books at one time.
    I remember them being in a few together back when I was a kid.
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    Black Widow started out as a super-villainess, against Iron Man as well as Spider-Man. The first time I heard of her was way back in The Amazing Spider-Man #86. I still have that issue in storage; I wonder how much it's worth.

    In the mid-'70s they made her a heroine and teamed her with Daredevil. IIRC, she had co-billing with DD in his own magazine (similar to Captain America and the Falcon).
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    'Black Widow' Movie Finds Director in Cate Shortland

    According to the Hollywood Reporter . . .
    The search saw Marvel meet with over 70 potential directors. Marvel Studios’ Black Widow standalone movie has its director. Cate Shortland, the Australian director perhaps best known for the Nazi drama Lore, has signed on to direct Black Widow, Marvel’s action-adventure project that will star Scarlett Johansson.

    The move caps off a search that lasted over half-year as the studio met with over 70 directors in order to find its ideal candidate. A female filmmaker was the priority even as the search stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors.

    The hunt narrowed in June with Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) being the finalists alongside Shortland. Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) were also in the next-to-final mix.

    Shortland, who does not have agency representation, had a fan in Johansson, who pushed for the helmer. The actress admired Shortland’s handling of the female lead in Lore, a critically acclaimed 2012 drama that tells of a young woman who leads her siblings through Germany as the Allied army rolls in. Her most recent film is Berlin Syndrome, a 2017 thriller that stars Teresa Palmer.

    Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for Widow. She also wrote the upcoming femalecentric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nasty Women.

    Johansson’s Widow is reportedly set before the events of the first Avengers movie and sees the actress reprise the Russian spy turned super heroine. The movie will be Marvel’s second female-focused film after Captain Marvel, which is due to open March 8.

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    $15M for ScarJo

    OCTOBER 11, 2018 6:15am PT by Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
    Scarlett Johansson Lands $15 Million Payday for Black Widow Movie



    That salary is what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each earned for playing Captain America and Thor, respectively, in this year's 'Avengers: Infinity War.'

    Stick around the Marvel Cinematic Universe long enough and you'll start to make real money.

    Scarlett Johansson, who has appeared in six movies as Black Widow, is finally landing a $15 million payday for an upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    That salary is what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each earned for playing Captain America and Thor, respectively, in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Evans and Hemsworth also nabbed that same $15 million payday for Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok, respectively, as well as the upcoming fourth Avengers film.

    Marvel typically doesn't open up its wallet for first outings — Robert Downey Jr. included, as he took home only $500,000 for the first Iron Man. Johansson pulled down a low-seven figure salary for the first Avengers movie in 2012 (compared to Downey's $50 million) after making her debut in 2010's Iron Man 2. Still, Chadwick Boseman nabbed a seven-figure paycheck to star in Black Panther ($2 million, according to sources, which well tops Downey's first showing). Boseman's salary is expected to go up significantly for a Black Panther sequel. And Brie Larson, whose Oscar win for 2015's Room figures into her deals, will be paid some $5 million for next year's Captain Marvel movie (Larson landed a generous payday but in exchange signed a seven-picture deal that locks her into multiple franchises.)

    Although the numbers would be astronomical, even debilitating, for most studios, they make sense when factoring in the appeal of Marvel movies, now 10 years into their cinematic universe. While talent deals add to more than $100 million of Infinity War's budget, it helps business affairs executives sleep easier knowing each Avengers movie easily crosses the $1 billion worldwide mark, with Infinity War grossing an astounding $2 billion. And Marvel typically allows its actors to share in the upside of a film, including bonuses of up to several million dollars based on the film's performance.

    Multiple knowledgable sources confirmed Johansson's Black Widow pay figure to THR. A Marvel spokesperson, in response to this story, said in a statement: "Marvel Studios disputes the accuracy of these numbers, and as a matter of policy, we never publicly disclose salaries or deal terms."

    Ultimately, it appears that Evans, who announced that Avengers 4 will be his last film as Captain America, is leaving while the going is good.
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    Florence Pugh

    MARCH 19, 2019 10:54am PT by Richard Newby
    Where the 'Black Widow' Movie Could Go


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    Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in 'Captain America: Civil War' (2016)

    Rising star Florence Pugh has joined the cast as a mystery character, but could MCU mainstays like Winter Soldier appear as well?

    Another strand has been added to the web of intrigue surrounding Black Widow. On Monday came the news that Florence Pugh has joined the cast of Cate Shortland’s Black Widow, which is expected to be a prequel that will center on Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) early years as a spy and assassin trained by the KGB before she joined SHIELD. Details surrounding the film, and the latest draft of the script written by Jack Schaeffer, have been guarded with a level of secrecy befitting a spy pic.

    Pugh, who is currently starring in the WWE dramedy Fighting With My Family, has emerged as a breakout actress in recent years. She won the highly coveted role in Black Widow over a number of rumored names, making an impression on Marvel Studios. While there’s little known about the character she’s set to play, including her name, sources say Pugh is playing a spy with a skill level equal to Natasha’s and will be pit against Black Widow as her moral opposite. While that’s not much to go on in terms of sussing out an identity for Pugh’s character, it’s enough to spark speculation based on Marvel Studios’ method of operation and the pages of Black Widow comic books.

    There’s a lot audiences don’t know about Black Widow’s history in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been snippets of information, like the reference to the impossible odds she faced alongside Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in Budapest during The Avengers (2012). And, we saw brief moments of her training in the Red Room under Madame B (Julie Delpy) in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Fans even got a look at the early days of the Black Widow program through the character Dottie Underwood on the ABC series Agent Carter. But for Natasha, who was first introduced in the MCU in Iron Man 2 (2010), there are a lot of blank spaces. This means that there’s plenty of room for Shortland and Schaeffer to move about when constructing the character’s past and setting up her antagonists.


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    Florence Pugh is playing an as-yet unknown character in the Black Widow movie.

    Going to the comic book source material, Black Widow has been the star of several miniseries, but no volumes as long-running as her avenging counterparts, at least not without her in the role of co-star. This narrows the possibilities for the identity of Pugh’s character, assuming she isn’t playing a character original to the film or one borrowed from another comic character’s list of adversaries. The description of Pugh’s character being equal to Natasha immediately brings Yelena Belova to mind. The blonde-haired spy took on Natasha in Devin Grayson and J.G. Jones’ Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider (1999). The Red Room’s replacement for Natasha, Yelena saw the older Black Widow as her rival and sought to be her better at every turn. Natasha tried to deliver some tough love to the younger spy and help her see the failings of her Red Room training, but she couldn’t stop Yelena’s downward spiral into villainy and eventually had to kill her. While there’s certainly a chance Pugh is playing Yelena, it’s more likely, given Marvel Studios’ penchant for drawing inspiration from contemporary storylines, that she’ll be playing a more recent introduction to Black Widow’s mythos.


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    Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: Civil War.

    Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s 12-issue Black Widow (2016) series is one of the all-time great stories in Natasha’s long comic history. The series shifts between Natasha’s contemporary mission with the Winter Soldier to her days in the Red Room and her first mission. In the Red Room flashbacks, we learn that Natasha was childhood friends with The Headmistresses’ daughter, Anya, who was considered too soft and emotional for the job of a spy and left untrained. As Natasha became The Headmistresses’ favorite pupil, she learned to be callous and hard, and cut herself off from Anya. The girl grew to resent Natasha, her mother, and her own ineffectual feelings. Years later, Anya reemerged, trained, deadly and under the name Recluse — a reference to the fact that she had been hidden away as a child, and the recluse spider, one of two deadly spiders in North America (the other, of course, being the black widow). Recluse created the Dark Room, a training program for child assassins that, unlike the Red Room, had no government ties. Beyond Recluse fitting the description of Pugh’s character, the actress resembles Samnee’s depiction quite a bit. Plus, it’s easy to imagine her playing a character who shows up as a friend and then reveals herself to be the enemy. If Black Widow ends up being a story about moral journeys, then it would be fitting that Natasha’s ascent to heroism is mirrored by her peer’s descent to villainy.

    Should Black Widow loosely adapt Waid and Samnee’s run, it would potentially allow for the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) to play some role in the film, and could see Delpy return as Madame B – The Headmistress. But beyond the potential for further MCU connectivity, Waid and Samnee’s run operates in the vein of a thriller — chilly, morally complicated, character-driven and, though action-packed, more in the vein of The Manchurian Candidate (1962) than Dr. No (1962). These same aspects can be seen in Cate Shortland’s filmography, notably her most recent film, Berlin Syndrome (2017), which beyond being a terrific psychological thriller showcases the director’s skill at tension and steadily revealing ulterior motives. We’re certain to hear a lot more about Black Widow in the coming months, especially with Avengers: Endgame on the horizon and the MCU’s next phase taking shape. But for now, Waid and Samnee’s Black Widow is as good as a dossier file when it comes to figuring out Marvel Studios’ next mission.
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    APRIL 03, 2019 10:19am PT by Borys Kit
    'Stranger Things' Star David Harbour Joins Scarlett Johansson in Marvel's 'Black Widow' (Exclusive)



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    David Harbour

    Florence Pugh is already suiting up for the spy action-thriller.

    Stranger Things star David Harbour is joining Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, Marvel’s stand-alone feature on the Avengers spy turned superheroine.

    The movie is casting up as it heads toward a June production start in London and recently added rising actress Florence Pugh to the call sheet.

    Cate Shortland, the Australian filmmaker behind the 2012 Nazi drama Lore, is directing the project, which has a script by Jac Schaeffer.

    Plot details are being kept behind the Iron Curtain, but it will be an internationally set story centering on Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from its grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and Avenger.

    Marvel could tell you who Harbour is playing, but then they'd have to kill you. (Not really. Character information for Harbour has not yet been revealed.)

    Harbour is in the midst of having a Hollywood moment. The actor toplines Lionsgate’s comic book-based Hellboy, which is set to open April 12, and recently wrapped a turn opposite Chris Hemsworth in the action thriller Dhaka. He also will return in July for season three of Netflix's Stranger Things, in which he plays sheriff Jim Hopper, the breakout and fan-favorite role that has garnered him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations as well as a SAG Award win.

    Harbour is repped by ICM Partners and Peikoff Mahan.
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    Ray Winstone

    Not particularly exciting, but something to ttt this thread. I suppose I should change the title of this thread someday - maybe once this film gets a more formal title.

    NEWS JUNE 20, 2019 3:41PM PT
    Ray Winstone Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ (EXCLUSIVE)
    By JUSTIN KROLL
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    CREDIT: VIANNEY LE CAER/INVISION/AP/SHUT

    “The Departed” star Ray Winstone has joined Marvel’s “Black Widow” standalone movie, sources tell Variety.

    “Stranger Things'” David Harbour and “Midsommar’s” Florence Pugh are also on board to star alongside Scarlett Johansson. Cate Shortland has signed on to direct from Jac Schaeffer’s script, with Kevin Feige producing.

    Marvel had no comment on the casting. The film is currently in production in London.

    Plot details for the standalone “Black Widow” pic are unknown, though it’s expected to follow Marvel’s other films that focus on a single hero as an origin tale. Winstone’s role in the film is also unknown.

    Since Johansson first appeared as Black Widow in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” and with the more recent increased attention on women-led films, there’s been a push from Marvel fans for Black Widow to get her own origin movie like every other Avenger. With the latest phase of the MCU coming to a close with “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the studio felt the time was right to move forward on the project.

    Best known for his roles in “The Departed,” “Sexy Beast,” and “Noah,” Winstone can be seen next in Universal and Working Title’s “Cats” adaptation, which bows Dec. 20, 2019. He most recently appeared in the StudioCanal pic “King of Thieves.” Other credits include “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Hugo.”

    He is repped by WME and Creative Artists Management.
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    Scarlett Johansson Says 'Black Widow' Will Give Fans 'Closure' (Exclusive)

    By Zach Seemayer* 9:58 PM PDT, October 15, 2019

    Scarlett Johansson is looking to give fans something they really want with her upcoming Black Widow film.

    The actress walked the red carpet at the premiere of her new film, Jojo Rabbit, in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and she opened up to ET's Lauren Zima about how the standalone Black Widow movie will hopefully give audiences "closure" for her character.

    "I don't know if I can take it anymore without any closure," Johansson explained. "It's too exhausting."

    As fans who watched Avengers: Endgame know (and *SPOILER ALERT* for the handful of people in the world who haven't seen the film but plan to), after nearly a decade of playing the international spy, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans mourned Black Widow when the character sacrificed her own life to help save the world in the epic blockbuster earlier this year.

    However, the Black Widow movie is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and will explore the personal adventures and journey of Black Widow, a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff.

    "I love it. I'm so proud of what we made," Johansson said, adding that they are currently in post-production. "Now we get to sprinkle the magic all over it. Get it ready for audiences."

    While Black Widow won't be hitting theaters until May 1, 2020, Johansson will soon be gracing big screens around the country in director Taika Waititi's hotly anticipated anti-fascism World War II dramedy, Jojo Rabbit.

    The film tells the story of a young German boy (played by Roman Griffin Davis) in a Nazi youth army program in the midst of the second World War who discovers that his mother (Johansson) is secretly hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in her basement, and it turns his preconceived notions upside down.

    The film is already the focus of a lot of awards season buzz, and Johansson said she knew she wanted to be a part of the project from the first time she read the screenplay.

    "When I first got the project I knew that it was special because the script was such a little gem," she shared. "I read enough scripts to know when something is different."

    "You hope people like it. You hope it gets all the buzz and excitement and success," she added. "But I knew it was going to succeed as a film, especially with Taika behind it."

    Jojo Rabbit bounds into theaters Oct. 18.
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    Raw, Painful but Beautiful

    I like it Raw, Painful but Beautiful...



    NEWS NOVEMBER 18, 2019 8:00AM PT
    Florence Pugh Calls Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Raw, Painful but Beautiful

    By ERIN NYREN
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    Florence Pugh just wrapped shooting on Marvel’s standalone film “Black Widow” starring Avenger Scarlett Johansson.

    “It was one of the most bizarre, nuts, extravaganza experiences,” the “Little Women” star told “Booksmart’s” Beanie Feldstein in conversation for Variety’s “Actors on Actors.” “I just finished on it about three weeks ago. Landed the role in March, April, started prepping in May, and then we shot throughout the whole of summer. We shot in London, Budapest, Morocco, and then they went to Atlanta for a bit.”

    Pugh emphasized that she appreciated getting to work with a woman director in a woman-led film.

    “The fact that I got to do one of those films with a lead actress and the most beautiful and warm director, Kate Shortland, was a very, very unique and special experience,” she said. “I don’t know what the other films are like and working on them, but I remember being on set many times and thinking, ‘I know this isn’t like this, I know this is unique and I have to take it all in.'”

    She also teased the tone of the movie, which takes place following the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and also stars David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and O.T. ***benle.

    “I think we’ve made something very raw and very painful and very beautiful and I think people are going to be really surprised by the outcome of a big action film having that much heart. And I know lots of people will be emotional about her beacuse her character had such a hard ending [in “Endgame”], but it was special learning from her, and she’s been doing this for like 10 years in those films. For this to be her film was special. And I got to be there and see how she does stunts and lives it, and it’s so her.”
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    Marvel Studios' Black Widow - Official Teaser Trailer

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    Marvel Studios' Black Widow | Special Look

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    Marvel Studios' Black Widow | Legacy Featurette

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    Marvel Studios' Black Widow | Big Game Spot

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