No, it isn't April Fool's Day.
We've already seen what kind of magic happens when you place women behind these female superhero movies (just look at Patty Jenkins' directorial brilliance with Wonder Woman), so expectations will be high for this one.
According to inside sources, the film "is still very early development, as the film has no greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a standalone pic". Variety reports that Marvel studios has put the wheels in motion on the long-speculated project and recruited TiMER writer/director Jac Schaffer to pen the script. The actresses' contract with Marvel studios was to expire after Avengers 4. The site notes that Marvel president Kevin Feige met with several possible candidates and Marvel executives spoke with Scarlett Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a writer before Schaeffer was selected.More news: Why Fans Are Furious About Michelle Williams' Treatment In Her New Movie
With Marvel deciding to go in with the demands of innumerable Black Widow fans, the studio promised to make a standalone movie for Romanoff two years ago. Fans have little to no knowledge of what most of those movies will be and that's by design. All that's confirmed is a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, out in the U.S. 5 July 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy 3, rumoured for 2020.
We're more optimistic now that Schaeffer has boarded the project.