If you're following Forever Red, a novel by Margaret Stohl featuring none other than Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow, you know there's a lot in store for the character. Set to be released on October 13th, the book will chronicle the adventures of the character we've grown to love from the films and comics. And the news gets even better. Since two months is a long time to wait, Marvel is doing us a solid and giving us a hint about Black Widow's antagonist in the September 2nd issue of Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1.
The Red Widow is a powerful new female superhero for the Marvel universe. In many ways, she’s the opposite of the Black Widow—she actually chooses to become the Red Widow—but both Widows share a mysterious bond and a history, and will change the course of each other’s lives, moving forward. And of course, this is just the beginning for this enigmatic and deadly new character. Red Widow’s story first emerges within the pages of Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1, and will then be featured in my upcoming (prose) novel, Black Widow: Forever Red. I couldn’t be prouder of both Widows—and of Marvel Comics, for being so supportive of the two of them.
She sounds like a less conflicted Yelena Belova. After all, Stohl said she's a hero. Does that mean she rejected the control of the Red Room? Or did she get her training elsewhere?
Red Widow and Black Widow, side-by-side comparison.
How amazing does this sound?
I haven't been following the Mockingbird storylines as closely, but news like this definitely makes me want to pick it up! The origin story of Black Widow has always really fascinated me, and I'm glad she's going to be interacting with characters like herself in the comics. Maybe there's hope for a Black (or Red) Widow movie after all?