‘Black Widow’ Co-Writer Is Open To Returning to the MCU, but Not as Director

'Black Widow' Co-Writer is Open to Returning to the MCU, but Not as Director
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And while the Black Widow prequel movie wasn’t one of Marvel’s best or most lucrative movies, it did conclude the story of Natasha Romanoff in the MCU, and introduced us to some new characters we are going to see in some of the upcoming movies. But, this article won’t be about the movie itself, as it is going to be about the complex creative process that led to the final product, as IndieWire had a talk with one of the story co-writers Ned Benson, who joined the production at a later date, rewriting the original pitch, but even his version did not end up being the final one.

Ned Benson had a short talk with IndieWire about a potential return to the MCU, seeing how his original collaboration with the large cinematic project didn’t turn out to be the best, but it seems that the filmmaker is open to making a comeback in the future.

In short, the original screenplay for Black Widow was given to Jac Schaeffer and Jessica Gao. Gao’s pitch was inspired by the movie Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), but the producers felt that it was a She-Hulk movie that included Black Widow, and they did not like it, although Gao would be later called to work on the She-Hulk series. Jac Schaeffer was then hired to write the screenplay, and – suddenly – in February 2019, Ned Benson was called in to rewrite the screenplay.

Benson, who had worked on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby before collaborating on Black Widow, rewrote the script, but at one point in the pre-production, his idea was also rejected, as Eric Pearson was hired to rewrite the script once again. Schaeffer and Benson ended up receiving story credit later, while Pearson was the sole screenwriter credited by Marvel.

It has been a while since this happened, but IndieWire asked him whether he was open to returning to Marvel, or if the bitter experience with Black Widow means that he has closed the door to the franchise, and here is what he said:

“I’m not really … I just don’t know. I’m open to anything, as long as I feel that I am suitable for the job,” Benson said when asked about returning to the franchise fray. “I think if something is exciting to me, I’m going to put everything I have into it. So with that opportunity, I took the opportunity and really dove into that script and tried to figure it out. As a writer, I’m always excited to try stuff. As a filmmaker, I think I’m a little more reticent, because I think you’re spending two years or more of your life on each of these projects. It really takes a toll on your lifestyle. As a writer, I’m open to anything. As a director, I have to see what makes sense.”

Source: IndieWire

This is certainly interesting news and we are hopeful that Benson might contribute to another Marvel project at some point in the future.

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