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Marvel’s Black Widow movie takes one step closer to reality

Charmaine Blake

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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War..Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal.. Marvel 2016

 

That Black Widow movie you’ve been asking for just got one step closer to reality.

Variety reports that Jac Schaeffer has been hired to write the film, which would star Scarlett Johansson as the spy-turned-Avenger.

Mind you, the film’s still got a ways to go before it becomes a reality. As of now, the Black Widow project doesn’t have an official greenlight, let alone a release date. 

Still, it’s a promising development for a movie fans have been clamoring for since, oh, about 2008, when the character made her first big-screen appearance in Iron Man 2

Schaeffer is the writer and director of TiMER, a 2009 sci-fi rom-com that essentially did “Hang the DJ” before Black Mirror did.

She’s also written The Shower, an as-yet-unproduced screenplay that has Anne Hathaway attached to star, and is working on a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake titled Nasty Women. She previously worked with Disney on “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”

Her involvement makes the Black Widow standalone film the rare Marvel Cinematic Universe project with a female screenwriter. Others include Guardians of the Galaxy (Nicole Perlman) and the forthcoming Captain Marvel (Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who replaced Perlman and Meg LeFauve).

Johansson’s Black Widow has appeared in five MCU films over the past decade, and will return later this year in Avengers: Infinity War. Despite her immense popularity, however, she’s been relegated to a supporting player in the franchise.

Over the years, there’s been a lot of talk about the possibility of a Black Widow movie. Johansson has said repeatedly that she’d like to make one, as has Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. In 2016, Feige even got as far as saying he was “committing” to making it happen.

But until now, talk seemed to be as far as it got. When pressed, Feige would reassure fans that it was in development, but come up with excuses as to why it wasn’t making much progress. 

It got to be a bad look, especially as Marvel kept churning out one male-led superhero blockbuster after another. It got to be an even worse look once 20th Century Fox started promoting Red Sparrow, which had fans like us joking that it was the Black Widow movie Marvel wouldn’t make.

For all that the MCU’s done right, they’ve dragged their feet when it comes to female superheroes, letting rival DC beat them to the punch with Wonder Woman. DC’s work paid off – Wonder Woman became the highest-grossing superhero flick of 2017

Meanwhile, Marvel has been moving ahead with 2019’s Captain Marvel, its 21st movie overall and its first one starring a woman. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/11/marvel-black-widow-movie/

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Jason Momoa is getting in shape for Justice League

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Here, Jason Momoa is dry. Scroll down for the wet.

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While it stands to reason that anyone playing a hero called Aquaman would have to look good wet, I’d like to file a complaint with whoever got Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman, quite this wet for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Look, I know this “photographer” was just doing their “job” but what gave them the right to shoot an image of this absolutely enormous, bearded, heavily tattooed man with the body of a god and the hair of a WWE wrestler and put it on the cover of a magazine?

Look at how intensely he’s staring into the camera/the viewer’s immortal soul. Is it frightening? Yes. Am I ready to charter a boat in search of my buff aquatic king? Also yes!

Pause for a minute and think about what Jason Momoa must smell like in this picture. Think about it, manifest it, and breathe deeply through your nose. Congratulations.

But that’s not all! the Barnes and Noble version of Entertainment Weekly also included looks at Momoa’s Aquaman costars Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard, and smack between those two high-key attractive women is Momoa again, blonder this time, looking like he’s going to either kill someone or…yeah that’s just a “kill someone” look.

In the article, Aquaman executive producer Peter Safran had this to say about Momoa’s performance as a thicc amphibious man-hunk:

“Rarely has a superhero character been married to the real-life actor as much as Aquaman and Jason Momoa. “He’s authentically from two worlds, he’s this real physical specimen, he’s got this humor which he’s never been allowed to play before — in every regard he is Aquaman.”

A real physical specimen indeed.

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A new tweet confirms that Chris Pine is back for ‘Wonder Woman 2’

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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins announced Wednesday morning the game-changing return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor for the film’s 2019 sequel.

If you saw Wonder Woman in 2017, you may recall one key detail about Steve Trevor: HE DIED. Or so we thought?? In a devastating sequence during the final battle, Steve bid Diana goodbye, gave her his family heirloom, and flew straight to his death.

OR SO WE THOUGHT.

Gal Gadot also shared an early still from the movie which shows Diana contemplating a series of cryptic television screens.

We learned early in June that the Wonder Woman sequel will likely be set in 1984, and Jenkins’ tweet suggests Wonder Woman 1984 may even be….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/13/wonder-woman-2-steve-trevor/

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We may have a clue about when ‘Wonder Woman 2’ takes place

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Diana puts her game face on in Wonder Woman.

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DC’s Geoff Johns may have dropped a serious hint about the Wonder Woman sequel – namely, the year it takes place.

Johns, DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer, shared a teaser on Facebook Friday morning that simply read “WW84,” which might point to seeing our hero in 1984.

Johns uploaded the image as his cover photo, where it slid largely under the radar until The Hollywood Reporter sniffed it out. Presumably, the teaser means Wonder Woman 2 will jump ahead to 1984.

We knew the sequel would move forward in time, leaving 1917 (and Steve Trevor) in the dust, but having an exact year narrows this down immensely. By 1984, Diana could run into a young Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent – or almost anyone else in the DCEU, hero or villain. She could also wear a lot of pastels.

Wonder Woman 2 will release Nov. 1, 2019.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/01/wonder-woman-2-year-setting/

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