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Black Widow is Getting a Solo Movie (and a Woman is Writing It!)

Deepali Agarwal

Staff Writer

Deepali Agarwal has a Master’s in literary linguistics, which means that every person she’s ever known has, at some point, asked her to ‘edit a thing’ for them-- ‘just see if it reads okay?’ She doesn’t mind, because she believes that the world can be fixed one oxford comma at a time. Deepali lives in Delhi, the capital of India, where cows are sacred, but authors and poets exist and write brilliant things. She works as an editor with OUP India’s School ELT division, where she moves apostrophes, looks up pictures of cats, and talks about children’s books for eight hours. The rest of her day is spent reading, thinking about Parks and Recreation, and wondering if there exist jobs for English majors that pay more than peanuts. Twitter: @DeepaliAgarwal_

After the long list of disappointments Marvel has recently delivered to us, here comes some news from the MCU we can finally get behind!

According to The Wrap, the comics giants have confirmed a standalone movie for Natasha Romanoff, aka ‘Black Widow’, played by Scarlett Johansson. Johansson has been playing the character of the female heroine since its introduction in Iron Man 2, in 2010. The script is to be written by film director, producer and screenwriter Jac Shaeffer.


Though Marvel has not set a date for the movie’s release yet, and have a full plate of releases lined up already for 2018, we can go celebrate by watching Nasty Women, a female-centered remake of 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, also written by Shaeffer, in August 2018. Johansson’s character will also appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie (April 2018).

A female writer scripting a female superhero; what could be better, you say? Well, we’d certainly appreciate some efforts in the direction of more diverse representation, if you’re offering.


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