Jac Schaeffer, the writer who has been hired to work on the script for Black Widow, is hoping to be able to meet with Scarlett Johansson to discuss the project next month.

Having played the role of Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow since 2010’s Iron Man 2, and those eight years will have given the actress a deep understanding of her character.

Marvel has been discussing the possibility of a Black Widow film for some time now, though as the years passed, fans were convinced that it would never happen – until last week, when fans learned that Marvel had hired Schaeffer to work on a script.

Justin Kroll, of Variety, shared an intriguing update about the project on Twitter, which indicates that Marvel are moving full steam ahead on Black Widow:

It makes sense that this early in the scripting process Schaeffer would want to touch base with Johansson, and get her input on the project. While Johansson is best known for her acting work, she also has experience as a writer and a director, having wrote and directed a short called These Vagabond Shoes in 2009.

There has been a constant demand from fans for a Black Widow movie since the character was introduced. And during the press tour for Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige discussed the possibility, but warned fans that it would likely be four or five years away, given that, at the time, Marvel’s focus was on the forthcoming Avengers films.

So, when we consider this, is makes sense that Marvel would hire a writer for Black Widow now, ahead of a possible 2020 or 2021 release, as they are currently focusing on scripts for films due at that time – for example, James Gunn is in the midst of working on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.

While this is only a minor update on the project, it’s enough to tell fans that Marvel are indeed moving forward on Black Widow.

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