Jac Schaeffer is the woman who wrote the script for Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie. Announced at Hall H this year at SDCC, Black Widow will hit theaters May 1, 2020. It will take place in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenie, and Rachel Weisz join in for this film that is being called “gritty”.
Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff, a Black Widow, as well as Pugh. According to Weisz, even she is playing a Black Widow. With all these women in front of and behind the camera, it’s safe to say that this film won’t fall into the tired trope women in superhero movies do. For Schaeffer, staying away from outdated portrayals of heroines was very important to her:
“I’m not interested in adhering to comic canon that is discriminatory in any way or that violates my values system.”
We have a lot of great, strong female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, only one female-led film. Captain Marvel did very well financially and among fans, but critics who were not interested in seeing a woman stand up and be a hero attempted to crash the movie as much as possible. With Black Widow being the second female-led MCU movie, it’s only fair to assume it might experience the same backlash.
Schaeffer commented on those negative reviews:
“When people react with hate, it saddens me. I think it’s a shame,” she said, “But that’s not where I want to put my energy. I’m not interested in the loud, sour-grapes voices.”
This is Schaeffer’s first superhero script, to which she commented:
“I wasn’t a huge superhero movie fan before starting to work [at Marvel], but now that I’m doing it, there’s just so much opportunity to make big, positive statements,” she added. “Especially something like ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Black Widow,’ to have these female-centered stories — I just can’t not be involved in that.”
Black Widow hits theaters on May 1, 2020.
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