Black Widow Gets New Ongoing Series Ahead Of Film Release

by James Ferguson

With the Black Widow movie on the horizon it’s only fitting that she get a new comic book series to go with it. Marvel Comics has announced a new ongoing series starring Natasha Romanov written by Kelly Thompson and illustrated by Elena Casagrande set to debut in April 2020. It features a mystery that only the Marvel Universe’s greatest spy can solve.

Writer Kelly Thompson told IGN:

I think Black Widow is an incredibly rich character in that she works well in a lot of different genres, but that can also make her a little tricky – if you try to do too much with her instead of committing to a clear vision I think you can run into trouble. I’m very interested in the duality of Natasha… so look for that to be a recurring theme in this first arc as she struggles against that and leans into it. We have some high profile guest stars (and of course some impressive villains) but this story has to stand on its own for a lot of reasons that will become clear immediately in issue one… which starts off feeling like a classic Natasha story and then quickly becomes quite unlike any story we’ve ever seen for her before.

Black Widow picks up with Natasha’s entire world upended. She faces off against some of her most formidable villains and they’ve found a way to take her out that’s even more permanent than death. Unsurprisingly, Red Guardian and Yelena Belova will appear in the series since they’ll also be in the movie. Marvel certainly knows how to create synergy across mediums.

Associate Editor Sarah Brunstad added:

Kelly Thompson is one of my favorite writers. She really knows how to get to the core of what a character is. This new series asks the question: What would happen if some of Black Widow’s greatest enemies come together and figure out how to put her out of commission for good?

Black Widow #1 is set for release in April 2020.

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