Johansson has played the defected Russian spy six times on the big screen so far, starting with an appearance opposite Robert Downey Jr in 2010's Iron Man 2.
Black Widow - AKA Natasha Romanova - debuted in Marvel's Tales of Suspense #52 April 1964, originally as an antagonist of Tony Stark. She is now developing "Nasty Women", a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, and Alex Sharp.
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The Black Widow movie has been in a state of limbo for quite some time now which is utterly ridiculous in my mind. 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. Johansson herself said she would want to make it happen, as has Marvel boss Kevin Feige - reiterating previous year that the company is "creatively and emotionally" committed to developing the spin-off. To date, there hasn't been a single Marvel Studios standalone film that hasn't featured at least one other character with ties to the greater MCU.
When we last left off with Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, she had gone on the run from the USA government after helping Captain America and Winter Soldier escape to track down Helmut Zemo.
However, despite Black Widow's prominence in the MCU and her popularity among fans, Romanoff continued to be relegated to the sidelines with supporting roles. Either way, given how popular Black Widow is both in the comics and the movies, I suppose it's better late than never that the MCU has finally decided it's worth exploring what her own story would look like.